August 19-21, 2011, Katina Taylor, Vice President and co-founder of the Jason Taylor Foundation, hosted the fifth annual “Camp Katina – Cartwheels to Character,” a gymnastics, cheerleading and life skills program for girls ages 7-12. Camp Katina is part of the Jason Taylor Foundation’s ongoing initiatives benefiting area youth.
Nearly 50 girls from the Marti Huizenga Boys & Girls Club, Overtown Youth Center and Urban Leagues of Broward and Miami-Dade participated in the three-day camp at the West Broward Gymnastics Academy in Davie. Campers learned the fundamentals of gymnastics and cheerleading and heard from a panel of guest speakers made up of influential South Florida women who discussed a variety of topics including, the importance of education and goal setting, healthy eating habits, physical fitness, etiquette, respect and appreciation for others and honoring commitments.
The camp culminated with a visit from Katina’s husband, Miami Dolphins All-Pro Jason Taylor and Katina's brother, Miami Dolphins legendary linebacker Zach Thomas, who interacted with the girls during various stations and posed for pictures with each of the campers. All campers received medals and certificates recognizing their participation and a select few were honored for their outstanding performance or attitudes. One camper, who displayed tremendous potential, was awarded with a one-year scholarship to West Broward Gymnastics Academy.
The Jason Taylor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.
Click here to view the Camp Katina photo gallery