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Miami-Dade Parks wraps up another fun and thrilling "End-of-Summer Bash" for summer campers

MIAMI (August 03, 2015)

Friday marked the close of four-days of thrilling sports activities and games at the annual "End-of-Summer Bash" event at the Tropical Park Equestrian Center, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami. More than 4,000 children, ages 6-14, registered in Summer Camps operated by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department came out for the end-of-summer-camp fun and revelry, which tested their skills and agility in everything from Quick Start Tennis and S.N.A.G. golf (Starting New At Golf) to tug-of-war, flag football and waterslide rides.

The featured activity on Wednesday was the county’s annual "S.N.A.G. golf Challenge", which had special guest Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez there for the tee-off. The youth golf event is part of the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of the Mayor.

"The S.N.A.G. golf Challenge" is a great way for children to get their first swing at a sport and have fun exercising outdoors," said Mayor Gimenez. "By participating in youth sports activities like this, they are also learning the meaning of good sportsmanship, discipline and respect for others, which directly correlates to success in the classroom and beyond."

Since 2013, S.N.A.G./JNLL (Jack Nicholas Learning League) has been a component of Miami-Dade Parks’ summer camp curriculum. The format uses lighter, kid-friendly golf clubs, Velcro balls, targets, and other teaching tools. 

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Children will have an opportunity to enjoy more summer camps activities at their perspective Miami-Dade Parks summer camps sites until August 21, as Miami-Dade Schools re-open for the fall session on Monday, August 24. 

Miami-Dade Parks continues to keeps kids fit and thrilled throughout the school year with its Fit2Play™: Health, Wellness and Obesity Prevention After-School Program. The program, offered at 32 park locations, helps kids develop healthy habits for a lifetime with fully-supervised activities focused on fitness, nutrition and wellness, and developing their appreciation of nature, science and the cultural arts. Registration is underway. For more information, please visit the Miami-Dade Parks After-School Program web page where the participating parks are listed or call 3-1-1.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship. About Miami-Dade Parks visit our website. About the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade visit their website.