AMIkids and New Orleans Saints’ Anthony Hargrove to Host Summer Challenge Event at South Carolina State University

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Super Bowl Champion Committed to Support Youth Participants

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Anthony Hargrove with AMIkids student at 2011 Winter Challenge in High Springs, Fla.

I’ve been there, it’s hard to be confident and feel like you can do anything without the opportunity to prove yourself.

AMIkids Inc., a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit that offers a promising future to more than nine thousand troubled youth each year is partnering with 2010 Super Bowl Champions New Orleans Saints’ defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove to host students from across the United States for the annual AMIkids Summer Challenge from May 23-26 at South Carolina State University, 300 College Street NE in Orangeburg, SC. This incredibly inspiring event will give more than 250 AMIkids student participants the opportunity to compete in a variety of competitive sporting and academic events that will motivate and encourage them to strive for ongoing success not only here but throughout their young lives.

“Though often found in undesirable situations, whether at home or in the classroom, many of our student participants have been unable to stand out among their peers in a way that will lead them down a positive path,” said Heyward Golden, vice president of operations at AMIkids, Inc. “Our Summer Challenge event will not only give them a positive, interactive and safe environment where they may shine individually but it will also teach the many benefits and rewards that can be achieved when they choose to dedicate their time, energy and talents to teamwork in a productive and focused way.”

Anthony Hargrove, 2010 Super Bowl Champion and New Orleans Saints defensive lineman knows first-hand what these students are struggling with on the field of life.

“I’ve been there, it’s hard to be confident and feel like you can do anything without the opportunity to prove yourself,” said Hargrove. “Having worked with these kids for only short time I can see just how much an event like this will really make difference and give them a second chance, something that I know we all need from time to time.”

The Summer Challenge event schedule is as follows:

Monday, May 23
7 p.m.     Opening ceremony (Smith Hammond Middleton Memorial Center Gym)
Special Guest Anthony Hargrove, 2010 Super Bowl Champions New Orleans Saints

Tuesday, May 24
9 a.m.     Running Events (Lorry H. Dawkins Track)
12 p.m.     Break for Lunch (Washington Dining Hall)
1:30 p.m.     Running events resume
7:30 p.m.     Awards Ceremony (SHM Gymnasium)

Wednesday, May 25
8:30 a.m.    Round Robin Events (SHM Gymnasium)
Academic Quiz Bowl, Marlinspike Relay, Group Challenge, First Aid, Science Fair

12 p.m.    Break for Lunch
1 p.m.     Round Robin Events resume
2:30 p.m.    Swimming Events (pool adjacent to SHM Gymnasium)
7:30 p.m.    Awards Ceremony (SHM Gymnasium)

Thursday, May 26
9 a.m.      Round Robin Events (Open field adjacent to SHM Gymnasium)
Volleyball Tournament, Group Obstacle Course, Standing Broad Jump, Tug-o-War
12 p.m.     Break for Lunch
1 p.m.     Round Robin Events resume
7:30 p.m.     Closing Ceremony (SHM Gymnasium)    

To conduct an on-site interview with Anthony Hargrove (Monday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 25), please contact Emily Lytle with Team Hargrove Management by email at teamhargrove(at)me(dot)com Those interested in attending or covering this exciting week of relays, group challenges and healthy competition should contact AMIkids, director of communications, Sherri Ulleg by cell at 727-512-3233. Members of the general public along with press representatives may attend the event. Media contact is Sherri Ulleg at (727) 512-3233 (cell) or sulleg(at)amikids(dot)org.

ABOUT AMIKIDS
Founded in 1969, AMIkids, Inc., is a nationally-recognized not-for-profit that offers a promising future to more than eight thousand troubled youth each year through positive and motivating programs that inspire learning, leadership and personal growth. Through education, counseling and behavior modification students are empowered to make positive decisions that will ultimately shape their future. For more information log on to http://www.amikids.org.

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