"Rolle" Model for Florida's Foster Youth

July 6, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Carrie Hoeppner
DCF Communications, Central Region

Anna O'Brien
"Rolle" Model for Florida's Foster Youth
~ Pittsburgh Steelers, Rhodes Scholar and former FSU Star Myron Rolle Invites 65 Local Foster Youth to his Wellness and Leadership Academy ~

WHO: More than 60 youth in the foster care system from Central Florida will head off for a once and a lifetime one-on-one experience with Myron Rolle as well as his friends from the NFL and other all-star athletes this Monday. The annual experience for a select group of young people offers an introduction as they build their own healthy lifestyles to include: nutrition, health and wellness, physical fitness and motivation from some of the country's elite athletes.

WHAT: The fourth annual Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy is sponsored by the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Department of Military Affairs. The four day overnight academy is inclusive within DCF's Camps for Champions series launched last year which creates opportunities for youth in foster care to get up close and personal with professional athletes, to build self-esteem, confidence and strengthen necessary life skills this population will depend on, after foster care.

Special guests to this year's Academy include:

Adam Taliafero - Monday, July 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM - A former standout two-way back at Eastern High in Voorhees, NJ. Adam was paralyzed while making a tackle for Penn State in a game at Ohio State in 2000. Adam was a true freshman at the time. After spinal-fusion surgery, three different doctors told Adam's parents their son would probably never walk again. Three months later, the miracle was completed. Adam walked out of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia.

Marion Jones Thompson - Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Former Track and Field Gold Medalist whose admission that she used performance enhancing drugs led to the forfeit of her five Olympic Medals. Jones went on to play in the WNBA and offers a motivational glimpse into her experience, as well as her comeback personally and professionally.

NFL Panel – Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM - Cortez Allen of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Will Gay of the Arizona Cardinals, Mo Massaquoi of the Cleveland Browns and Tony Carter from the Denver Broncos

WHEN: Monday, July 9 through Thursday, July 12, 2012

WHERE: Camp Blanding, 5629 SR 16 West, Starke, Florida 32091 - Pls call PIO ahead as Academy is host on active military base.

WHY: Although Myron's career has taken him across the nation and globe, the NFL player/philanthropist has maintained a commitment to the children of his home state - Florida.