Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, better known as Inter Miami FC, joined forces with Dwyane Wade to expand his annual sports academy in South Florida.
Dwyane Wade Celebrity Sports Academy for the first time added soccer to camp's roster of basketball, cheerleading and football.
Inter Miami FC is an expansion team, formed and still owned by soccer great, David Beckham.
Over the course of two days, 30 youth from the Little Haiti FC and other soccer campers rotated through skill and drill stations, improved technique or mastered the basics of soccer, guided by instructors. The campers also worked on their speed, strength and footwork. The soccer campers also participated in a soccer tournament.
The two-day camp took place on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Overall, about 300 campers participated.
For many of the youth, this was their first time visiting a college campus.
The younger soccer campers visited the Student Athlete Study Hall where they discussed the importance of proper sportsmanship, being a great student-athlete, positive thinking and successful attitudes.
The older campers listened to testimonies from celebrity personal trainer Luther Freeman and Chris Allan, vice president, community engagement for InterMiami FC. They discussed the truths and realities of playing college and professional sports and cultivating healthy behaviors – both on and off the field – and different sport careers.
Dwyane Wade, the recently retired 3-time NBA Champion, 13-time NBA All-Star, for the past 15 years has hosted an annual sports academy in South Florida.
The Dwyane Wade Celebrity Sports Academy & Inter Miami FC worked with the office of City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon to provide scholarships for youth to attend this year’s camp. From ages 7-18 years old, 30 players from the Little Haiti FC were selected to participate.
During a ceremony on Sunday, Geraldo Jean Pierre from Little Haiti FC won the Best Hustle Soccer award.