Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

June 20, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

Former Florida State and NFL Star Corey Simon Dedicates Time to
Foster Youth in Florida’s Panhandle and Joins “Camps for Champions”

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Big Bend Community Based Care is teaming with former Florida State University and NFL star Corey Simon to host the first-ever "Corey's Kids Summer Camp." DCF Secretary David Wilkins will introduce the camp on Tuesday, June 21, at a 10 a.m. news conference at Florida State University in the Moore Athletic Center.

Corey's Kids Summer Camp is affiliated with DCF's Camps for Champions ( initiative and will provide an opportunity for more than 100 teens in foster care or living at home receiving services to participate in sports-related activities. Youth attending will be coming from the Northwest Region. Corey's Kids Summer Camp was created by Simon who, along with local athletes, will help the teens share a special experience and build self-esteem and character.

"Our goal is to provide these youth with a positive athletic opportunity, channeling not only their physical energy but also challenging their minds and broadening their experiences," Wilkins said. "Partnering with DCF's Camps for Champions initiative in the Panhandle is a wonderful gift from Corey. We appreciate him giving back to the community that has supported him for so long."

Details for the event are as follows:





Corey’s Kids Summer Camp news conference

Guests expected to join DCF Secretary David Wilkins include Corey Simon, Dr. Tom Jennings, Florida State University’s Vice President for University Advancement, Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel, Leon County Commissioner Nick Maddox, FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman and Florida State Head Basketball Coach Leonard Hamilton

Tuesday, June 21, 10 a.m.

Moore Athletic Center on the first floor inside the FSU Sports Museum
FSU Athletics Department
403 Stadium Dr. West
Tallahassee, FL 32306