Levy Park Conservancy hosts “Smitty’s Day at the Park” July 8, presented by the Wade Smith Foundation and offering a free youth camp with top-level instruction in football, cheerleading and music/art/literacy for children ages 5 – 12. The Foundation brings together retired NFL Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman and former Houston Texan Wade Smith, current and former NFL players, collegiate student athletes, professional dancers, former NFL cheerleaders, children’s book authors, musicians and artists for this unique community event.

The camp is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and advance registration is required. In addition to workshops in football, cheerleading and art, music and literacy, all participants receive a camp T-shirt and lunch.

Following the camp, participants and families alike are invited to enjoy games, snacks, music and activities aimed to promote health and fitness at the recently renovated Levy Park in the Upper Kirby District of Houston. Among the highlights are a water park, obstacle course, onsite DJ, food trucks and raffle prizes.

The Wade Smith Foundation supports community youth programs in the greater Houston area and the  Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, with a focus on literacy and education. Smith believes all children deserve the opportunity to succeed by expanding their minds through reading and to earn a college degree if they so choose.

As part of “Smitty’s Day at the Park,” children will be required to read one book in advance of the camp and answer questions about it on the registration form. Everyone attending the camp is encouraged to bring at least one book for a community book drive, along with donations from the public, to achieve a goal of 5000 books. Books can be dropped off during the day on July 8. These books will be donated to children who lack access to books so that they can read, explore and broaden their horizons.

Additional sponsors for “Smitty’s Day at the Park” include CharitaBulls, which is  dubbed (Houston) Texans for a Cause and Sports Radio 610, part of CBS Radio.

To register, or learn more about the camp and registration requirements, go to: https://smittysdayatthepark.eventbrite.com. To volunteer for the event, check out http://www.charitabulls.net/volunteers. Registration for the camp is limited to 300 participants.

About the Levy Park Conservancy

The Levy Park Conservancy is an affiliate of the Upper Kirby District Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization managing Levy Park, a six-acre City of Houston park in the Upper Kirby District of Houston. The Conservancy oversees maintenance, operations, long-term stewardship, programs and events, and partnerships and visitor services and concessions at Levy Park. Learn more about the Conservancy and Levy Park at levyparkhouston.org.

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