BMOA TEAMS UP WITH SWISH DREAMS
The Black McDonaldâ€™s Operators Association of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Supports Swish Dreams Saturday Camps
CHICAGO, Ill. (September 20, 2012) â€“ Basketball is more than just a game. For Swish Dreams Sports and Educational Foundation, itâ€™s used as a tool to teach its young participants educational lessons that range from math and English, to nutrition, public speaking and goal-setting. Structured as a mini-NBA season, this unique camp piqued the interest of the Black McDonaldâ€™s Operators Association (BMOA) of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, who is now the proud sponsor of the Swish Dreams Saturday camps.
â€œSwish Dreams has created a fun and engaging atmosphere with its camps that gets kids excited about education and wellness through sports,â€ said Ron Lofton, president of the BMOA. â€œThe BMOA is committed to fostering education and advocating balanced-active lifestyles for people in our communities. The Swish Dreams program truly exemplifies those qualities and we are enthusiastic about the enrichment this program provides.â€
Running for six weeks, the camps begin Saturday, September 22 through Saturday October 27 from 10 a.m. â€“ 2 p.m. at The Park at National Teacherâ€™s Academy, 55 W. 22nd Street, Chicago, IL 60616. The camps are open to kindergarteners through eighth-graders. In conjunction with the basketball camp is also a cheer camp for girls, which runs simultaneously and teaches lessons with the same principles.
â€œWe are very pleased to begin this relationship with the Black McDonaldâ€™s Operators Association,â€ said Joshua Mercer, founder and CEO of Swish Dreams. â€œWe have seen the great work that they do throughout the community year-round and to now be affiliated with their organization brings us great pride.â€
The BMOA and Swish Dreams will return with future six-week Saturday camps during the Winter and Spring of 2013, beginning in January and April, respectively. Visit www.swishdreams.org
for more information.
About the BMOA
The Black McDonaldâ€™s Operators Association [BMOA] of Chicago is a membership organization comprised of 15 Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana-area McDonaldâ€™s restaurant owners. While contributing to the success of McDonaldâ€™s as the worldâ€™s leading food service retailer, BMOA of Chicago members are also committed to exhibiting leadership, supporting education and developing partnerships within the African-American communities that they serve.
About Swish Dreams
Swish Dreams seeks to expose children to a â€œSwish Education,â€ which uses sports (basketball and cheer) as a vehicle to teach youth fitness, literacy, and leadership.
By exposing children to a â€œSwish Education,â€ we envision that every child we serve will:
Learn to set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realist, and Timely) goals
Learn to create personal mission/vision statements
Pursue a high level career in sports (i.e., Professional Athlete, Sports Agent, Team Owner, Athletic Trainer, Journalist, Statistician, General Manager, Referee, Coach, Journalist, Public Relations, Commentator, Analyst, Front Office, etc.)
Increase their Literacy (Math and Language Arts), and Fitness Levels, and Leadership Skills
Show team and individual improvement in Basketball and Cheerleading
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