Local Businesses Provide Scholarships to Summer Camp for Overweight and Underprivileged Kids



CONTACT: Julie Sawyer AT 803-984-0714

Local Businesses Provide Scholarships to Summer Camp in Southwest Charlotte for Obese and Underprivileged Kids

Charlotte, NC – June 3rd, 2010—Summertime is a great time for our kids to increase their activity levels by taking advantage of a summer camp that keeps them moving while having fun.   Since North Carolina has the 5th highest youth obesity rate in the country, there are many local children who need to be able to take advantage of a fitness-based summer camp to encourage healthy daily activity levels.  However due to financial hardships, many families will not be able to afford this opportunity this summer.

Julie Sawyer, Fitness Director at The Palisades Country Club and owner of TuffGirl Bootcamps, has begun a scholarship program for kids in need, both financially and physically, to help kids take advantage of her Kids’ Summer Fit Camps.   She has elicited the help of several local businesses such as CrossFit Steele Creek in Ayrsley, Massage Envy at Rivergate, and Omega Sports at Rivergate to fund scholarships for Kids Fit Camp this summer.  Brian Strump, chiropractor and owner of CrossFit Steele Creek stresses, “It’s very important to start these programs with the children.  They are very impressionable and eager to learn.  Educating them and their parents on proper exercise and nutrition will help to improve their lives and their families’ lives for years.”

“I’m excited about our scholarship program,” says Sawyer, “because I’m looking forward to showing many kids how fun fitness can be.  Through these scholarships provided by Charlotte businesses, we’ll be able to impact kids that we normally wouldn’t have had the privilege of getting to know.”

Summer Kids’ Fit Camps will be offered at The Palisades each week all summer.  For more info on registering  for camp or to see a video on typical camp activities, go to www.tuffgirlbootcamps.com/kidsfitcamp.html.  To inquire about scholarship opportunities for your child, call 803-984-0714.


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