Detroit Inner-City Games Registers Youth for After-School Programs

Programs Culminate in an Annual Celebration on June 29 at WSU

As Part of Detroit 300 Celebration



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Detroit Inner-City Games

    DETROIT, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Inner-City Games (ICG) is
 registering youth in 69 Detroit Public Schools for after-school program
 activities.
     Linda Jimenez, founding executive director of the Detroit Inner-City
 Games, said many of the activities are being offered in Detroit Public Schools
 for the first time.
     "It is important that young people have positive activities to engage in
 when they are not in school," Jimenez said.  "We recognize that the
 significant majority of drug use, youth violence and teen pregnancies occur
 during summer and during after-school hours, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
 Detroit Inner-City Games is committed to providing nurturing activities for
 youth during those critical periods of time.
     "The Detroit ICG after-school programs have been made possible by a grant
 funded by the Inner-City Games Foundation.  Cendant Corporation and Hummer are
 our generous National Sponsors, with Knowledge Adventure serving as the
 program's National Educational Software Sponsor.  Hummer, a division of the
 General Motors Corporation, joined the ICG team this year.
     "Inner-City Games Chairman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, calls sports the 'hook'
 to get youth involved so they can then be directed into computer technology,
 cultural, educational and other alternative programs such as chess, to achieve
 a strong body and strong mind," Jimenez said.
     The after-school programs are at various Detroit Public elementary and
 middle schools.  Registration will start this month at the involved schools.
 There is room for 5,300 participants in the entire program, Jimenez said.
     The Inner-City Games program will include the following activities:
 
     * Swimming -- This is the first after-school swimming program in the
 Detroit Public schools and will utilize pools that are unused during the
 school year.  The program provides an opportunity for students to learn
 swimming skills that will lead to participation in organized swimming
 competition.
     Swimming classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
 3 p.m.-5 p.m.  There will be two eight-week sessions, from April through June,
 and from September through November.
     * Soccer -- This activity, the first organized after-school soccer program
 in the Detroit Public Schools, takes advantage of an alliance with the Detroit
 Youth Soccer League.  In addition, the United States Soccer Foundation is
 reviewing Detroit as its next venue for major investment via the Detroit Youth
 Soccer League.
     Soccer training will take place at 14 Detroit Public Elementary Schools.
 Soccer practice will be scheduled twice a week, with games on Fridays.  There
 will be two eight-week seasons, April through June, and September through
 November.
     * Computer Camps -- The Detroit ICG computer camps will be expanded to 43
 new sites by joining forces with the after-school programming segment of the
 Communities in Schools organization and the Detroit Public Schools.  Knowledge
 Adventure, the National Educational software sponsor, has teamed up with the
 ICG Foundation to help provide quality balanced educational software for
 classrooms and after-school programs.
     Registration for the Knowledge Adventure Computer Camps will begin in late
 spring/early summer.  Sessions will take place in the summer.
     * Academic and Leisure Program -- This four-week summer program will
 involve young people in physical education, computer enrichment, field trips,
 arts and swimming activities.  In addition, a new segment in this year's
 program will send 120 youngsters to camp for a week.  The Detroit Public
 Schools system is unique in that it owns its own recreation camp, Burt Shurly,
 a 700-acre facility on the outskirts of Metro Detroit.  A separate two-day
 camp will provide an opportunity for young participants to experience and
 learn a variety of outdoor recreational, physical activity and camping skills.
     The Academic and Leisure Program takes place from June 25 through July 20.
 There will be sessions Monday through Thursday, with youngsters participating
 in a weekend camping expedition on Friday and Saturday.
     * Performing Arts -- This performing arts program is the only one of its
 kind in the Detroit Public Schools.  The program offers personalized
 instruction, training in drama, dance and vocal music, as well as in staging,
 costume design and public relations.
     The Performing Arts program will take place at Elmdale Elementary School,
 12844 Elmdale.  There will be two eight-week sessions, from April through
 June, and from October through December.  The rehearsal schedule is
 Monday - Friday, from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
 
     The after-school programs will culminate in a major celebration, called
 the Detroit Inner-City Games - William J. Beckham Annual Youth Celebration, on
 June 29 at Wayne State University.
     That event -- a legacy program of Detroit 300, the official Detroit 300th
 birthday celebration organization -- is named for the late William J. Beckham,
 Jr., who was president of The Skillman Foundation, and a long-time Metro
 Detroit community leader committed to children and youth.
     The Beckham Youth Celebration, which is intended to draw attention to the
 Detroit ICG's year-round programs, has two components:  Fitness Activities and
 Arts/Cultural Activities.
     "We want all our young people in the Detroit Public Schools to be aware of
 the opportunities the Inner-City Games is offering," Jimenez said.  "Our 2001
 schedule of events is starting now.
     "Our hope is that young people who want to get involved will check with
 their schools about the Inner-City Games.  They can be involved in some real
 great activities through the end of the year."
     Get Active Detroit, an affiliate of the Michigan Governor's Council of
 Physical Fitness, created Detroit Inner-City Games, a 509(a) tax exempt
 organization, last July.  The Detroit Inner-City Games concept began in August
 1999, when the Detroit 300 Youth Committee announced it wanted to organize
 youth games for the Detroit 300 celebration, and Get Active Detroit pursued a
 regional license from the National ICG Foundation.
     The National Inner-City Games concept was founded in California by Danny
 Hernandez in the aftermath of the 1991 Los Angeles riots.  The National ICG
 Foundation was created in 1995 and chairman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, expanded
 the program to 14 major U.S. cities, including Detroit.
     The mission of the Inner-City Games and its Foundation is to provide
 opportunities for young people to participate in free sports, educational,
 cultural and community enrichment programs; to build self-confidence and
 self-esteem; to encourage youth to say "no" to gangs, drugs and violence, and
 "yes" to hope, learning and life.
     In recent years, ICG has expanded its educational efforts by focusing on
 the so-called Digital Divide and educational technology.
     "Thanks to the Cendant Corporation, Hummer and Knowledge Adventure -- the
 generous National Sponsors for the 14 ICG metropolitan cities -- we are
 providing after-school programs to inner-city kids throughout the country,"
 Jimenez said.
     ICG programs bring together local community leaders, creating an alliance
 between the private and public sectors to achieve the program's mission.
     Mayors, police chiefs, public schools, parks and recreation departments,
 and other youth service providers are working with each ICG city to create a
 truly meaningful opportunity for thousands of young people.
     For information on the Detroit Inner-City Games, call 313-577-5134.
 
 

SOURCE Detroit Inner-City Games
    DETROIT, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Inner-City Games (ICG) is
 registering youth in 69 Detroit Public Schools for after-school program
 activities.
     Linda Jimenez, founding executive director of the Detroit Inner-City
 Games, said many of the activities are being offered in Detroit Public Schools
 for the first time.
     "It is important that young people have positive activities to engage in
 when they are not in school," Jimenez said.  "We recognize that the
 significant majority of drug use, youth violence and teen pregnancies occur
 during summer and during after-school hours, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
 Detroit Inner-City Games is committed to providing nurturing activities for
 youth during those critical periods of time.
     "The Detroit ICG after-school programs have been made possible by a grant
 funded by the Inner-City Games Foundation.  Cendant Corporation and Hummer are
 our generous National Sponsors, with Knowledge Adventure serving as the
 program's National Educational Software Sponsor.  Hummer, a division of the
 General Motors Corporation, joined the ICG team this year.
     "Inner-City Games Chairman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, calls sports the 'hook'
 to get youth involved so they can then be directed into computer technology,
 cultural, educational and other alternative programs such as chess, to achieve
 a strong body and strong mind," Jimenez said.
     The after-school programs are at various Detroit Public elementary and
 middle schools.  Registration will start this month at the involved schools.
 There is room for 5,300 participants in the entire program, Jimenez said.
     The Inner-City Games program will include the following activities:
 
     * Swimming -- This is the first after-school swimming program in the
 Detroit Public schools and will utilize pools that are unused during the
 school year.  The program provides an opportunity for students to learn
 swimming skills that will lead to participation in organized swimming
 competition.
     Swimming classes are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
 3 p.m.-5 p.m.  There will be two eight-week sessions, from April through June,
 and from September through November.
     * Soccer -- This activity, the first organized after-school soccer program
 in the Detroit Public Schools, takes advantage of an alliance with the Detroit
 Youth Soccer League.  In addition, the United States Soccer Foundation is
 reviewing Detroit as its next venue for major investment via the Detroit Youth
 Soccer League.
     Soccer training will take place at 14 Detroit Public Elementary Schools.
 Soccer practice will be scheduled twice a week, with games on Fridays.  There
 will be two eight-week seasons, April through June, and September through
 November.
     * Computer Camps -- The Detroit ICG computer camps will be expanded to 43
 new sites by joining forces with the after-school programming segment of the
 Communities in Schools organization and the Detroit Public Schools.  Knowledge
 Adventure, the National Educational software sponsor, has teamed up with the
 ICG Foundation to help provide quality balanced educational software for
 classrooms and after-school programs.
     Registration for the Knowledge Adventure Computer Camps will begin in late
 spring/early summer.  Sessions will take place in the summer.
     * Academic and Leisure Program -- This four-week summer program will
 involve young people in physical education, computer enrichment, field trips,
 arts and swimming activities.  In addition, a new segment in this year's
 program will send 120 youngsters to camp for a week.  The Detroit Public
 Schools system is unique in that it owns its own recreation camp, Burt Shurly,
 a 700-acre facility on the outskirts of Metro Detroit.  A separate two-day
 camp will provide an opportunity for young participants to experience and
 learn a variety of outdoor recreational, physical activity and camping skills.
     The Academic and Leisure Program takes place from June 25 through July 20.
 There will be sessions Monday through Thursday, with youngsters participating
 in a weekend camping expedition on Friday and Saturday.
     * Performing Arts -- This performing arts program is the only one of its
 kind in the Detroit Public Schools.  The program offers personalized
 instruction, training in drama, dance and vocal music, as well as in staging,
 costume design and public relations.
     The Performing Arts program will take place at Elmdale Elementary School,
 12844 Elmdale.  There will be two eight-week sessions, from April through
 June, and from October through December.  The rehearsal schedule is
 Monday - Friday, from 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
 
     The after-school programs will culminate in a major celebration, called
 the Detroit Inner-City Games - William J. Beckham Annual Youth Celebration, on
 June 29 at Wayne State University.
     That event -- a legacy program of Detroit 300, the official Detroit 300th
 birthday celebration organization -- is named for the late William J. Beckham,
 Jr., who was president of The Skillman Foundation, and a long-time Metro
 Detroit community leader committed to children and youth.
     The Beckham Youth Celebration, which is intended to draw attention to the
 Detroit ICG's year-round programs, has two components:  Fitness Activities and
 Arts/Cultural Activities.
     "We want all our young people in the Detroit Public Schools to be aware of
 the opportunities the Inner-City Games is offering," Jimenez said.  "Our 2001
 schedule of events is starting now.
     "Our hope is that young people who want to get involved will check with
 their schools about the Inner-City Games.  They can be involved in some real
 great activities through the end of the year."
     Get Active Detroit, an affiliate of the Michigan Governor's Council of
 Physical Fitness, created Detroit Inner-City Games, a 509(a) tax exempt
 organization, last July.  The Detroit Inner-City Games concept began in August
 1999, when the Detroit 300 Youth Committee announced it wanted to organize
 youth games for the Detroit 300 celebration, and Get Active Detroit pursued a
 regional license from the National ICG Foundation.
     The National Inner-City Games concept was founded in California by Danny
 Hernandez in the aftermath of the 1991 Los Angeles riots.  The National ICG
 Foundation was created in 1995 and chairman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, expanded
 the program to 14 major U.S. cities, including Detroit.
     The mission of the Inner-City Games and its Foundation is to provide
 opportunities for young people to participate in free sports, educational,
 cultural and community enrichment programs; to build self-confidence and
 self-esteem; to encourage youth to say "no" to gangs, drugs and violence, and
 "yes" to hope, learning and life.
     In recent years, ICG has expanded its educational efforts by focusing on
 the so-called Digital Divide and educational technology.
     "Thanks to the Cendant Corporation, Hummer and Knowledge Adventure -- the
 generous National Sponsors for the 14 ICG metropolitan cities -- we are
 providing after-school programs to inner-city kids throughout the country,"
 Jimenez said.
     ICG programs bring together local community leaders, creating an alliance
 between the private and public sectors to achieve the program's mission.
     Mayors, police chiefs, public schools, parks and recreation departments,
 and other youth service providers are working with each ICG city to create a
 truly meaningful opportunity for thousands of young people.
     For information on the Detroit Inner-City Games, call 313-577-5134.
 
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