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For Immediate Release:
July 26, 2013

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade County Parks to Host an ''End-of-Summer Bash'' For More Than 4,000 'Fit2play®' Summer Campers Featuring UM Athletes and Sebastian the IBIS


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will host a four-day "End of Summer Bash" for the more than 4,000  campers (ages 6 - 14) registered in its 'Fit2Play®, Green-It-Up' Summer Camps, from July 30 through August 2, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Tropical Park Equestrian Center, 7900 SW 40 Street in Miami.   Each day of the four-day celebration will host a different age group and engage them in games of Quick Start Tennis, flag football, volleyball, and kickball. Participants will also enjoy a picnic-style lunch, music and special appearances by University of Miami (UM) student athletes from various sports and UM mascot Sebastian the Ibis.

The UM athletes will autograph UM sports posters and share stories of their personal triumphs through physical fitness. In addition, Sebastian the Ibis will ride in on a water truck and keep everyone cool in the sun with his water-spraying antics.

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor's Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.

Who: Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

What:Fit2Play®, Green-It-Up’ Summer Camps’ “End-of-Summer Bash”

When: July 30, 2013, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Where:Tropical Park Equestrian Center
7900 SW 40 Street
Miami, FL



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