– 700+ campers ages 5-11 will gather at Van Cortlandt Park, participate in field activities that promote health, wellness and nutrition –

(New York, N.Y.) – More than 700 campers from New York City Mission Society’s Summer Power Academy Summer programs will take to the field in Van Cortlandt Park and compete in Olympic Day on Thursday, August 9.

The annual event features field events, team-building exercises, and health, fitness and nutrition activities. The event is designed to let campers show off their smarts, and their physical prowess as well – as youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade compete throughout the day.

Olympic Day takes place at Van Cortlandt Park, and will feature athletic events such as relay races, kick ball, and track and field events. The area will be divided into 20 stations that promote physical wellness, and include a healthy eating station (to learn how to maintain a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle) and a recovery station (to find out about muscle recovery during exercise).

What:              New York City Mission Society’s Olympic Day, a culminating event for more than 700 youngsters from across the city who attend Mission Society’s free Summer Power Academy program

When:             Thursday, August 9, 2018, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. [Media should arrive by Noon]

Where:            Van Cortlandt Park (Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park South), Bronx

Groups and individuals who are interested in volunteering should sign up here.

About Power Academy Summer Camp

The Mission Society’s Power Academy program has been the cornerstone of our mission to offer disadvantaged youth the highest quality educational support and enrichment. Operating at five New York City public elementary and middle school sites, Power Academy and Power Academy Summer Day Camp provide more than 800 children with academic support, cultural enrichment, and healthy recreational activities year-round.

About New York City Mission Society

The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, workforce development, cultural enrichment, and community-building programs, make a positive, long-term impact on the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, and providing career opportunities and cultural enrichment. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at http://www.nycmissionsociety.org.