Challenge America Hosts Military/Veterans Family Fitness Day At Cowboys Stadium

Jan 17, 2013, 08:00 ET from Challenge America

Event includes medical physicals by TV celebrity physician Dr. Oz, access to resources and seminars by veteran and family support organizations and concert by country music stars

DALLAS, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Challenge America Military Opportunities (CAMO), a national veterans support organization, will host Military Veterans Family Fitness Day at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.  During the event, TV celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz, along with a team of area medical volunteers from Texas Health Resources, will provide 15-minute physical examinations for 1,000 members of the general public and 500 military members, veterans and their families. To register, military should go to

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While health and fitness will be a significant focus of the Dallas event, it also will feature seminars, symposiums and guest speakers from area veteran and family support organizations that will address an array of transitional issues, including mental health, employment, housing and family issues.  The day will end with a picnic-style concert hosted by country music legends Vince Gill and Amy Grant, honorary CAMO co-founders, along with a performance by up-and-coming artist Jenny Gill.  Dallas-based sports celebrities also will be in attendance to participate with families in such events as Quarterback Toss, basketball, soccer shootout and other sports activities.  





CAMO Dallas is the first of five similar events to be staged across the country.  North Texas was selected for the inaugural event because Texas has the largest population of active duty and veteran military in the U.S. The remaining four events will be in California, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, which join Texas as states with the highest concentrations of active duty military and veterans.  More than 5,000 military, veterans and their family members are expected to attend the free event. Honorary Chairpersons for the events are former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter and Texas Adjutant General Major General John Nichols.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Cowboys Stadium

1 Legends Way

Arlington, Texas  75011


Following is the list of activities that will take place throughout the day and spokespersons that will be available for onsite interviews.

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Health screenings conducted by Dr. Oz and local healthcare professionals (West Plaza concourse)

4 – 7 p.m.


Family Fun Time with football throw, hoops station, puck shoot, batting and goal kicks with local sports celebrities

5 – 7 p.m.           

VIP Reception (Miller Lite Club)

7 – 7:15 p.m.

 Dr. Oz health report card (Stadium floor)

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Concert with performances by Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Jenny Gill

Houston Cowan – Co-Founder and CEO of CAMO

Cassaundra St. John – Founder, F7 Group

Nekima Booker – Veteran, Military Spouse, and Founder, Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel T. Johnston, MD – Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness program medical director

Lieutenant Colonel Alba Villanueva – Branch Manager for Support Services, Texas Army National Guard

Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins (available at the VIP reception from 6:30 – 6:45 p.m.)

Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem Zim Zimmerman

Fort Worth City Council Member Jungus Jordan

Fort Worth City Council Member Danny Scarth


Park in Lot 10, and enter the stadium through Entry G (parking is free).

Check in at registration table; escort will accompany you and coordinate onsite interviews.  

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About CAMO:

Challenge AmericaTM Military Opportunities (CAMO) has a mission of bridging the transition from battlefield to home front by connecting military and their families to resources in their own communities.  Established as a nonprofit organization in 2009, Challenge America recognized the lack of and need for the coordination of resources and information at the local community level for returning military and their families.  With the launch of Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Events over the next 24 months in the five states in which over 40% of the nation's military resides (Texas, California, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia), CAMO provides a platform for local organizations to collaborate within their own communities and to educate those seeking services to find them.

James Florez

Heidi McKinley

SOURCE Challenge America