New Brunswick, NJ – On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, New Brunswick Tomorrow’s (NBT) Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy held a graduation event for 150 participants who attended this year’s camp.
Named after its creator, Mike Bobadilla, Captain of the New Brunswick Police Department, the Bobadilla Summer Soccer Academy is a FREE five-week summer camp. Using soccer as a vehicle to engage children and youth throughout the city in the summer months, NBT partnered with Captain Bobadilla to enrich the program by infusing our holistic model for strengthening communities. As a result, NBT staffed the camp with 5 local soccer trainers, 20 junior counselors, 10 senior counselors, and 3 administrative personnel from NBT’s School Based Youth Services Program. Kids engage in both refining their soccer skills on the field, as well as life/social skills off the field. This year, workshops included: self-esteem, hygiene, communication skills, respect, nutrition, water safety, and dance demonstrations and instruction. Additionally, various special events were organized with guests from the City of New Brunswick, including Mayor James Cahill, Council Woman Rebecca Escobar, New Brunswick Recycling Coordinator Donna Caputo, New Brunswick Firefighter Victor Ortega and members of the New Brunswick Police Department.
Another element of the camp is focused on teaching the importance of community service and volunteerism. Each age group works on a community service project and dedicates time and effort throughout camp to give back, giving back to local and national organizations as well as the children’s hospital.
“This camp is a result of what NBT does best, bringing together the community in meaningful collaborations,” says Cpt. Bobadilla. Partners of the camp included PRAB, Parker Life, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, Barça City Café, New Brunswick Public Schools, Urban Air, Under Armour, the Rutgers Community Health Foundation, and various local businesses and organizations who sponsored a team.
Speakers at graduation included Captain Mike Bobadilla, Mayor James Cahill, NBT President Jaymie Santiago, and PRAB Chief Program Officer Maritza Raimundi- Petroski. Special plaques of recognition were given to major sponsors of the camp including, but not limited to, RWJBarnabas, Parker Life, New Brunswick City Fire and Police Departments and Mayor Cahill. The camp participants were awarded with participation medals, a new backpack for school and a soccer ball.
About New Brunswick Tomorrow:
New Brunswick Tomorrow is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of New Brunswick’s people by fostering public and private networks of institutions and community organizations. New Brunswick Tomorrow identifies critical community needs and responds to those needs, serving as a catalyst in developing and supporting solutions that improve the quality of life in New Brunswick. We work with our partners in the city’s public/private revitalization, assuring that health, human service and social issues are addressed that complement the physical and cultural revival of New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.nbtomorrow.org