Percy Miller, Romeo Miller, Ryan Blair and Urban Born Fonder Johnell Langerston Team Up To Help Kids With School Supplies and 3rd Annual Game of Life Free Summer Camp

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Businessman, Music Mogul and Philanthropist Percy Miller (Master P), multi-talented entertainer Romeo Miller, Urban Born founder Johnel Langerston and Ryan Blair, CEO of ViSalus Company team up for the Game of Life Basketball Camp. Children 5-15 years of age will enjoy a free summer camp. The camp will be held at Ridgeway High School on Friday, July 22nd with focus on the importance of education, breaking negative cycles, the use of high frequency words and entrepreneurships. Sponsored by College Boyys Clothing, No Limit Forever, Beast Made Apparel and ViSalus.

The Game of Life Basketball Camp is like no other. These campers will not only learn fundamental techniques on the basketball court, they will also spend time in the classroom with life coaches

P. Miller will combine his knowledge of entertainment, sports and education to teach life lessons to inner city children. “It is extremely important to me to give our young people the message that they can be whatever they want to be if they apply themselves. We will share some of our experiences in entertainment and sports, emphasizing the importance of education. We want them to leave our camps knowing they can be leaders, and it is okay to say no to drugs and gangs. Although we’re in tough times, our kids’ education should not be affected. My goal is to bring awareness and invite other businesses and other entrepreneurs to join the movement,” says Miller. The Game of Life Basketball Camp is like no other. These campers will not only learn fundamental techniques on the basketball court, they will also spend time in the classroom with life coaches learning valuable lessons from true testimonies. “This will be an experience the children will remember for the rest of their lives. My basketball coach helped save my life and hopefully, I can do the same for some in this generation. We have to deliver the message that it is time to break the negative cycles that are going on in our communities,” continues Miller.

“The purpose of the camp is to allow children to have the opportunity to exercise their bodies and their minds. It is important to us to share with the youth that they can do both. We totally support what our first lady Michelle Obama is doing with her efforts in fighting obesity. This is just our way of doing our part,” says Romeo Miller. “We are spreading the word of education and the message that just because you come from a low-income community and face challenges, it doesn’t mean you can’t strive to do better. We are hoping that with our camps we can inspire young people to have vision, follow their dreams and believe in themselves. They need to know that education is essential, that they do have options, and essentially, people do care,” continues Miller.

“Memphis is an important stop on our national camp tour, we are aware of the budget woes that could delay the start of the school year in Memphis. We feel the urgency to be a part of the solution of saving our children and our schools. If we don’t take the time to do this, who will? This is something we are all passionate about. In addition to sharing some of our life lessons, we will teach the children the importance of listening and the High Frequency Words. The High Frequency Words are the primary words in the English Language. If our children can identify these words at a young age, they will be better readers and we all know a better reader is a better student. And a better student means a better education,” says Langerston. “This camp is also helpful in encouraging the children with their self esteem. When we watch the faces of these kids throughout the day, we see the amazing transformation on a child’s face. At first, they may seem shy and introverted but by the end of the camp he is running around, answering questions and having fun. It is a great feeling knowing we have reached them,” continued Langerston.

The campers will also be given back to school supplies to help them get ready for the upcoming school year. “We understand the importance of having what you need to go to school and we also know that it can be difficult for some parents to afford to buy the essentials for their children. This is just another way for us to give. In addition to the school supplies, there will be an opportunity for a special camper to be presented the Ryan Blair Award. The award will go to the camp participant who gives his/her all, the student that we believe has the entrepreneurial spirit and who exemplifies being a team leader and a good sportsman on and off the court. The winner will be acknowledged at the end of the camp,” continued Miller.

Urban Born is a 501 c3 that helps at risk youth and teens in helping to promote education and healthy living without drugs and gangs. Urban Born helps to support at risk youth throughout the country with a concentration in Los Angeles as well as to help “bridge the gap between Black and Brown” by promoting peace within the African American and Latino communities. For more information, volunteer and/or make a donation, go to http://www.urbanborn.org.

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