The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


CHAMPS Sport Camp Gives Children New Hope

The Cooper Institute was asked to join with Park Cities Baptist Church, SMU's Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Buckner International for the annual Vickery Meadow's CHAMPS camp.

Two JuansCHAMPS Camp was founded two years ago by Michal Powell, a member of Park Cities Baptist Church and a volunteer for Buckner Internationals KIDS HOPE USA program at Dan D. Rogers Elementary School. It was through this volunteer tutoring program that she realized how many students and families live in extreme poverty only ten minutes away from her own Dallas home and neighborhood. Many of these students love sports and activities but have no way to receive coaching or support for their passions. It was through this eye opening experience that the idea of CHAMPS was born.

The mission of CHAMPS Sports Camp, Michal explained, is clear. "For four evenings we seek volunteers to Amanda Moodybe used by God to bring His love and His message of hope to the children who participate in this camp."

Amanda Moody from The Cooper Institute Development Office and Tiffany Gearhart from the Research division presented to the students for three evenings covering the topics of proper nutrition, the importance of physical activity, and the calories-in/energy-out balance that must be achieved for physical fitness and health.

CHAMPS Sports Camp was offered free to students entering grades 4 through 6 who live in the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas. Students are given an opportunity to develop their skills in a sport of their choice - football, soccer, basketball, or dance/cheerleading.