Sports Camp Being Put on by Amobi Okoye to Benefit At-Risk Kids

The Amobi Okoye Foundation is hosting its fourth annual charity weekend Saturday. The event coincides with the Katy resident and Houston Texans defensive lineman’s 24th birthday.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. to noon with the Kick Off 4 Kids Sports Camp for at-risk children at Jack Yates High School, 3703 Sampson St.

Kick Off 4 Kids is a series of youth-centered activities that uses athletics to provide motivation to youth to foster self-esteem, inspiration and academic scholarship.

“Its’ a mentoring camp; we counsel kids through sports,” said Yvonne Arceneaux, the foundation’s business development director. “While we have them interesting through sports, we mentor them on health and fitness an education and the importance of education.

“We also instill self confidence,” she said. “A lot of times with at-risk kids are beaten by verbal abuse, so we give them self confidence so they know they can succeed in life.”

The free camp at Jack Yates High School was made possible through one of three scholarships offered this year, in which scholars had to write an essay that was reviewed by the foundation’s board of directors.

The other recipients were Okoye’s alma mater Lee High School in Huntsville, Ala. And Western High School in Louisville, Ky.

The Celebrity Basketball Game at Jack Yates High School will follow from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $20 at the door.

The game will feature special guests and players including Osi Umenyiora, Joseph Addai, Elvis Dumervil, Ndamukong Suh, Calvin Johnson, Russell Okung, Angel McCoughtry, Steven Redd, Fendi Onobun, Brian Cushing, Bobby Boswell, Brian Ching, Chris Canty, Robert Mathis, Dwight Freeney, Tommie Harris, Princesss of The Trill, Brian Angel, Marcus ManChild, Bun B, Marcus Banks, C.J. Watson and many more.

Okoye will be celebrating his birthday Saturday night at Armada, 2610 Sage.

The foundation is also hosting a Nike Sparq Football Camp next week, June 13-17 from 8 a.m. to noon at CrossPoint Community Church, 700 Westgreen Blvd.

The camp is for boys and girls ages 7-15, where Okoye will teach a defensive line class. There will also be cheerleading with the head of the University of Houston cheerleading department and Elite Cheer.

The cost is $125, and proceeds will benefit the Kick Off 4 Kids scholarship fund and programs such as the free camp at Jack Yates High School.

The Amobi Okoye Foundaiton, Inc. was founded in 2007 with a mission to provide hope to kids and communities around the world using athletics to promote academics. To date, the foundation has awarded 48 scholarship totaling more than $50,000.

For more information about the foundation, visit its Web site at www.amobikoyefoundation.org.

For more information about the fourth annual Amobi Okoye Foundation Charity Weekend or for the Nike Sparq Football Camp, go to www.invictus91.com.


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