- Published on Saturday, 16 June 2012 13:48
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Photo Courtesy of Mike Peterson Foundation
ALACHUA – Alachua native, Gator Hall of Famer and NFL Veteran Mike Peterson will host his annual “Bring It” Youth Football Camp at Citizens Field in Gainesville on Saturday, June 30. The 2012 camp is presented by The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration and is supported in partnership with the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) through the NFL Player Youth Football Camp Grant Program.
This free, non-contact camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 18 years old. Camp registration is now open at www.mikepetersonfoundation.com. Camp is open to the first 200 registrants. The stands will be open and food will be sold for spectators. The annual camp is also being supported locally by Reebok, Hilton Gainesville, Gator Dominos, and Subway.
Following the camp, join Peterson as he heads over to host his annual Family Fun Day from 5 – 8 p.m. at Skinner Field in Peterson’s hometown of Alachua. This free event, also presented by The Centers for Special Needs Trust, is open to all area residents and will feature family friendly activities such as face painting, kickball, music and dancing, bouncy houses and more. Dinner will also be provided.
While the entire event is completely free, guests are asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item. Upon entering Skinner Field, guests can exchange their canned good(s) and receive a ticket that will enable them to get a free ice cream. Immediately following the event, all donated food items will be donated to the Cleather Hathcock Community Center in Alachua to feed the hungry.
A graduate of Santa Fe High School, Peterson created the Mike Peterson Foundation in 2004 as a means of giving back to his hometown of Alachua and his NFL hometowns of Jacksonville and Atlanta. The foundation’s mission is to support families in need in the community and to stimulate the positive development of youth through education, recreation and life skills programs. To learn more about the foundation or its events, call 352-897-0673 or visit www.mikepetersonfoundation.com.