Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

June 2 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

Camps for Champions Help Florida Foster Youth
Dream, Believe and Achieve

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins announced the Department’s Camps for Champions today at a news conference in Orlando at the Amway Arena, Home of the Orlando Magic. Camps for Champions is an expansion of health, leadership, and wellness camps held in previous years for foster children by Tennessee Titan and former Florida State football All-American Myron Rolle and by the Dwight D. Howard Foundation.

"These children deserve the opportunity to appreciate things that many of us take for granted," said Wilkins. "By sharing time and experiences with these great athletes and young men and women their own age, they can aspire to achieve success in education, employment and live the American dream."

Volunteer mentors from various youth groups will assist during the camp. The camps will include tutoring, personal interactions, team-building skills and leadership opportunities. The camps are designed to be fun and educational and provide a stepping stone to the future.

"We are looking to make a significant difference in the community and the lives of Florida's foster youth. We believe kids who participate in the camps will emerge with the ability to make healthy life choices, perform well in school, maintain physical wellness and identify with positive role models," said Rolle.

Today’s participants included Secretary Wilkins, Myron Rolle and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Howard, Sr. Other celebrity athletes involved in the camps, but unable to attend the press conference include Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller, Derrick Brooks, Corey Simon, Dwight Howard, Udonis Haslem and James Jones of the Miami Heat.

For more details about the camps, please visit our website at

Secretary Wilkins speaks at the Camps for Champions kick-off press conference.

Secretary Wilkins speaks at the Camps for Champions kick-off press conference.