Screen_shot_2011-07-14_at_8.16.20_PM170 children, - that is the record breaking number of children that enrolled in this year’s Orange Walk Central Summer Sports Camp. The camp was initiated back in the year 2000 by Central Area Representative Hon. John Briceno, and today is celebrating its 12th year of success as it has become one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Today the kids got a special treat, as Johnny Briceno showed up to spend some quality time with them.

Yari Catzim- Reporting

This morning sponsor of the Orange Walk Central Sports Camp Johnny Briceno arrived just in time to participate in the morning’s warm-up session.

After the warm up it was on to the games, and while the Area Rep is surely no kid, he is definitely a kid at heart.

Johnny Briceno – Sponsor of Summer Camp

“Just looking at the smile of these kids here it just melts your heart and makes you feel that every effort, every challenge that is in front of you, that you take on for these kids is just worth it. We’ve doing this for twelve years and every year is getting better and better and it really gives me a sense of satisfaction doing something for the kids of the community, these kids so wonderful, they are so innocent, they are so full of life and energy and we as adult as parents, as community leaders tend to do everything possible for them, to have a good shot in life.”

With over 170 children present here from all over town some of these children have not only learned valuable lessons through sports, but have also made some new friends.

Jordan Flowers- Participant

“I have been playing football.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“And how much have you enjoyed it?”Screen_shot_2011-07-14_at_8.14.43_PM

Jordan Flowers- Participant

“A lot.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Have you made any new friends?”

Jordan Flowers- Participant

“Lots of friends.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“Before this did you know how to play football?”

Jordan Flowers- Participant

“Yes.”

Yari Catzim- Reporter

“It is your favourite sport?”

Jordan Flowers- Participant

“Yes.”

Johnny Briceno – Sponsor of Summer Camp

“It makes me realize that I am getting older by the year but I am grateful to God for the years, but it makes me feel energized and want me to feel that I can keep up with them for a short while and just ot have this innocent time of a good feeling of playing sports with these kids where they don’t see me as a representative or as a party leader or a community leader they just see me as one of them, as Johnny, where we can be playing and laughing and joking an d just having a wonderful time together .”

Yari Catzim-Reporter

“So we can see the tradition to continue?”

Johnny Briceno – Sponsor of Summer Camp

“God willing we are going to be here next year continuing to work with these children. It really gives me pleasure, it gives me joy, it is something that I truly, truly enjoy having this summer camp every for the kids of Orange Walk Central and also for the kids of the community outside of Orange Walk Central.”

Briceno also took the opportunity to thank all the persons who have assisted in the organizing and training of the camp.

Johnny Briceno – Sponsor of Summer Camp

“Well I want to thank them in particular Alex and Juan who spear headed along with Councillor Kevin Bernard, Nery and Judith and everybody and all those that are here helping in training these kids. It is not just an effort by me; I am only sponsoring it and helping organize but the guys that are really doing the work here every single day and the ones that I mention and the coordinators, I want to thank them on behalf of Orange Walk Central and on behalf of myself and in particular on behalf of the kids that are here participating on this summer camp.”

The sports camp concludes tomorrow. Each participant will be getting a certificate for their participation, but much more than that, will be leaving with new values learned through sports.

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#1 OW EAST 2011-07-15 17:04
way to go Hon. John...keep up da good work, and hats off to Councilor Kevin Bernard, Nery, and Judith...always working hard...nice job guys, keep it up!!!!!
 

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