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TEAM PLAYERS: The Parish to offer a free summer sports camp to kids in the McKinley Park area

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- CITY—The Parish church, located in the Plaza District, have made a commitment to help lead the youth of the area, specifically in and near McKinley Park, from random pizza parties designed to get to know the kids to initiating job-training programs to help teach teens useful skills needed in the job market.

After a successful trial last year, the non-denominational church will be bringing back the successful Mega Sports Camp VBS program to the youth of the area, offering free, fully supervised, sports training for kids. Lauren Karama, Children’s Director at the Parish, believes that this event is not only a way to keep kids safe and active, but as a way to also “start a relationship” with many families in the area.

“We hope that this is the beginning of new friendships,” Karama said. “There are kids at McKinley Park every day after school and every day during the summer and some of these kids might we seeking wisdom and have a need to learn certain life lessons. Many of the children have parents that are working or are just unavailable and so many of these kids need a healthy and safe place to go when they don’t exactly have parental supervision over the summer.”

Offering sports such as basketball, cheerleading and soccer, Mega Sports Camp runs June 12th through the 16th at McKinley Park, every evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Designed for children between ages 4 to 12, the free program will also provide free t-shirts and snack to participants.

“Each day we will have a theme and a corresponding Bible story and sports story to go with it,” Karama said. “This year’s theme is “Conquer the Day” and comes from the Bible verse Romans 8:37: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” The goal is to help kids learn to overcome any of their trying circumstances, from problems at home to poverty, to even racial injustice…different obstacles they may face and how to help conquer those obstacles through these skills.”

Last year’s Mega Sports Camp was a success and Karama believes that this year’s will be even bigger.

Parents who would like more information are encouraged to email her at

“A lot of these kids come from single-parent homes and a lot are from fatherless homes as well, so there are not a lot of positive male role models for them to look up to,” Karama added. “All of the things we’ll teach as we play sports are just good, valuable life lessons like listen to your leader, remembering to recharge, compete with courage, practice with a purpose…a lot of these are just important life skills; it’s a motivational tool to help these kids continue on in their education and in their life, to have a good work ethic and not be afraid of failure.”

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