Hundreds of kids, staff members and volunteers met in Central Florida for the 2016 Winter Challenge Event. The three-day festivities included academic and athletic competitions including science fair, spelling bee, track & field and volleyball events.
With the financial assistance of the Hartwell Foundation, AMIkids is able to hosts four challenge events each year, including two Olympic-style events for academics and athletics, a scuba diving event and a rappelling/white-water rafting trip. These events provide rewards for top-performing students, tremendous tools for experiential education and are once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Over a dozen AMIkids programs and schools participated and awards were earned both on an individual and a team basis. Some of the highlights included the O.B. Stander Spirit Award received by AMIkids Baton Rouge and AMIkids Rio Grande Valley, the Bob Rosof Team Excellence Award received by AMIkids Tallahassee and AMIkids White Pines, and the Hartwell Leadership Award received by Myasia Crumes of AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute. Ollie Keller (shown below) received the Science Fair award.
“Improving academics and behavior are critical to a youth turning their life around, but life skills aren’t limited there,” said O.B. Stander, President & CEO of AMIkids, Inc. “The AMIkids Winter Challenge is a positive, fun environment where our kids can shine individually and work as a team to accomplish goals. These positive experiences teach our kids the many benefits and rewards they can experience when they choose to direct their positive energy and time into displaying their talents.”