Campers attending the Reggie Bush Football Pr
Campers attending the Reggie Bush Football ProCamp at Helix Charter High School not only had two great days of football instruction, they learned how the simple act of reading can help them achieve their goals and dreams. Reggie was in town July 14 and 15 to put on his annual football camp as the first part of The Reggie Bush Charity Weekend string of events. Several other NFL players and coaches were on hand as well to assist with the 240 campers. Camp Director Rod Huber shared the message to campers and their parents, about the importance of reading and doing well in school for life long success. Through Reach Out and Read San Diego (RORSD), a program of the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP–CA, Chapter 3), families receive free books, from their pediatrician at well- child check–ups, and a prescription to – “read aloud to your children.” Damon Chase, Athletic Director and Principal for Helix Charter High, felt it important to get the message about reading out to the kids and parents. “Mastering reading provides a foundation for everything. We focus on that here at Helix, but the earlier you start the better. Not only for success with sports but success in life!”
The first day of camp, RORSD doctors and Student Ambassador Sarah Lackey gave out the classic Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” as inspiration to reach for your dreams. Sarah donated used books and also provided funding, along with the Philanthropy Club of Rancho Santa Fe, for the new books. The 17 year old attends Cathedral Catholic High School and has created a Non–Profit called “Books for Friends”. Having been bullied as a child, Sarah found that books were her friends and they changed her life. She turned her love for books into a passion for helping programs like RORSD get books into the hands of more children in need.
Campers supported local clinics by bringing in over 600 used books on the second day of camp which were stacked high to score a “Touchdown for Literacy!” Dr. Wendy Pavlovich with Family Health Centers of San Diego enjoyed the event. “As pediatricians we encourage families to read with their children from infancy. It is wonderful when we can partner with sports figures, such as Reggie Bush, to help us reinforce this message. It is a very powerful endorsement of reading as a part of healthy physical and mental development. Together we make a great team.” Pediatricians from Family Health Centers of San Diego, Vista Community Clinic, San Ysidro Health Center, UCSD and North County Health Services were presented with the donated books that they could use in their waiting and exam rooms to encourage reading.