JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A legendary NFL and Jaguars quarterback has teamed up with local and state family organizations to benefit nearly 100 local foster care children with the kickoff of "Camp for Champions with Mark Brunell" at the University of North Florida.
The weeklong Camp for Champions starts Monday night and runs through the end of the week.
Brunell will be the keynote speaker for the event, while Florida Department of Children and Families Region Director, David Abramowitz, and Family Support Services of North Florida CEO, Lee Kaywork, will also briefly speak to the children.
"Going to a sleepover camp is a wonderful learning opportunity for children," Kaywork said. "Our Camp for Champions is much more than just games; it's a life experience. The camp will also give our children an up-close look at a college campus that we hope will excite and inspire them."
During the week, foster children will participate in one of two summer camps offered to the community by UNF. At the UNF Youth Sports & Fitness Camp, they will swim daily, get instruction in various sports and engage in team-building activities and games. At the UNF Eco Camp, they will canoe, explore a wildlife sanctuary, swim, and take a field trip to a nature location.
Sponsors who helped make this event possible for foster children to attend are: Wells Fargo, the Mark Brunell Foundation, BB&T, Whataburger and the local Guardian ad Litem office.
FSS is the lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties.