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Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness Program

Fitness TroopsOver the last three years, Miami-Dade County and The Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness Program has hired 13 veterans and has impacted over 30,000 community members. Our goal has been to lead boot camp classes using our outdoor fitness zones located throughout Miami-Dade Parks. The Troops for Fitness initiative managed by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has received an extension of the grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The grant has supported our nutrition and physical activity programs offered throughout the county's 13 recreation community centers.

Among the first veterans hired by Miami-Dade Parks is Laura Ortiz, an amputee who served in the Army National Guard for eight years. Ortiz has received both Gold and Silver medals in U.S. Paralympic track events. She has served as a fitness program coordinator and instructor. Amongst the first veterans issued a Parks’ permit to run a Boot Camp for profit is Ian Cummings, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who operates boot-camp style classes at Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park and Tropical Park.

Miami-Dade Parks will continue to hire local veterans, whose discipline, leadership skills and passion for the greater good make them the perfect candidates for the job. If you or anyone you know is a veteran, please contact Laura Ortiz at [email protected] or call 305-694-2728.

Free personal training session at Fitness Zone

Join Troops for Fitness instructors during a free one hour personal training session in a state-of-the-art outdoor Fitness Zone area at Gwen Cherry Park. The once-a-month free community training program is held at Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 NW 22 Ave., Miami, FL 33147. The remaining dates of the PICH sessions are:

  • November 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • December 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Laura Ortiz

At first glance, it is evident that 47-year-old Laura Ortiz is a warrior. As a U.S. Army National Guard veteran who experienced a below-knee amputation after having reintegrated to civilian life, she has gone on to become a Coca-Cola spokesperson, para-triathlete, motivational speaker, fitness instructor, certified personal trainer, coach and mentor for others who have also faced diverse life challenges. Passionate about sharing her inspirational story, Ortiz has been featured in various national media outlets including most recently CNN, NY Fox & Friends, Telemundo and The Wall Street Journal. Fusing confidence, grace and power, she effortlessly transmits her infectious personality and optimistic outlook to everyone she encounters. She has been with Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces for three years and is the Troops for Fitness Program Developer and Enhance Fitness Program Coordinator based County-wide.

Ingrid Martin

Ingrid is a National Guardsman, nursing student and Miami-Dade County employee for the Troops for Fitness program. She has served this country for five years and is currently serving while working her way to become a registered nurse. She has a passion for health and fitness and is an intricate part of the Troops for Fitness team.

Luidgi Mary

Luidgi was born in Miami, Florida. He is a National Guard veteran and has been part of the Troops for Fitness team since October 2015. His interests are reading, science, history cooking and sports.

Ian Scott Cummings

Ian was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He took an immediate passion for all sports and quickly learned what it was to train himself to improve each day. The game of tennis taught him that in life you can only rely and push yourself to do what is needed to overcome adversity. A few years later, he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Florida International University followed by an MBA in International Business from Everest University's online program. He has slowly been transitioning back to his athletic roots, and has become a Certified Fitness Instructor. He now owns and operates a Fitness Boot Camp company, Operation Triple T, LLC. He is proud to be sponsored by the Troops for Fitness Initiative where he has been able to share his education, athletics, and military experiences with numerous members of all ages to help them better themselves.

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 786-413-5235.

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