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Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency Hosts the First Boozer's Buddies Summer Basketball Camp

July 10, 2010 | McCormack Baron Salazar

Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency (MDPHA) in partnership with the Boozer’s Buddies Foundation, McCormack Baron Salazar, and Urban Strategies offers this summer the First Annual Boozer’s Buddies Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 17, who reside in MDPHA public housing developments.

The Boozer’s Buddies Foundation was established by NBA Star Carlos Boozer and his wife CeCe to provide support to families affected by sickle cell disease. The foundation was inspired by their own son’s battle with the disease, who, upon his birth in 2006, has undergone life-saving treatment at Miami Children’s Hospital. During this experience, Boozer and his wife were moved by seeing other families struggle with medical costs and created the foundation to raise funds to advance new treatments.

“We look forward to the summer of 2010 and the prospect of providing inspiration, enjoyment and education to the children of MDPHA,” stated Carlos Boozer.

The Basketball Camp is free for MDPHA kids. Recruitment is taking place at the public housing management offices or by calling 1-877-330-2979. Each camp accommodates about 150 children and they will receive a camp T-shirt, and free sneakers. Special guest speakers will visit the Camp. The Camp will be held at the following Miami-Dade Public High Schools:

•    Booker T. Washington High School: July 19-23 & July 26-30

•    Miami High School: August 2-6

•    South Dade area: August 9-13

“This camp offers a positive alternative for low-income and at-risk youth to participate in an extraordinary summer experience,” commented Gregg Fortner, director for MDPHA.

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