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July 9, 2014

Motivational camps set in Quitman, Albany

THOMASVILLE — Boys and girls are in for a motivational treat as LaToya Crawford, CNS-TV 6 personality, kicks off the “I Can Make It” camp in Quitman and Albany on July 22-23 and July 25-26, respectively.

Crawford will be sponsoring a two-day mentoring camp inspired by Eric Peak, a former Thomasville High School basketball player who has an emotional “rags to riches” story to tell.

“Eric Peak told himself ‘I can make it.’ He was a Thomasville High School basketball stand-out nearly eight years ago, but he dropped the ball when he made one bad decision,” said Crawford.

Peak was recently featured on “A Moment of Inspiration” hosted by Crawford on CNS-TV 6. His testimony about losing his hoop dreams, family problems and the passing of his grandmother and mother inspired Crawford to start summer camps to inspire children.

Crawford and camp staffer are taking the mentoring to different locations— which include Quitman and Albany.

Crawford is dedicated in showing young children they can “make it.”

She said, “Research shows that six out of 10 children are raised in single-parent homes and feel like they can’t succeed because they don’t have the tools to make it. I want to help them beat the odds.”

 Crawford hopes to instill character, confidence and creativity in the campers by implementing basketball, cheer, dance and music skills. Motivational speakers will also be included, along with the Eric Peak story.

Each child that attends the camp will receive a mentor for the upcoming school year, a T-shirt and lunch.”

“We want every child to walk away saying and believing they can make it,” said Peak.

Peak and other ball players such as Khabriyah Brown and Derrick Hayes will head the basketball portion of the camp. LaToya’s School of Dance will conduct the cheer and dance sections with Starr Wyche and other local cheerleaders.

Campers are encouraged to register for camp by Tuesday. Registration forms can be found at www.latoyadance.com or by calling (229) 403-4813.

 

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