By Sharon Aron Baron
Focusing on building the Christian servant leaders of tomorrow, The Serving Institute, a private religious school for at-risk youth, and their summer program, American Heroes Camp, was launched in Coral Springs.
Located at 7648 Wiles Road, The Serving Institute is an academy for boys in grades K- 12 to teach them life skills, etiquette, and quality education while also offering a sports program.
Led by former NFL player Jack Brewer, who, after playing professionally for teams like the Minnesota Vikings, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, worked as a wealth manager at the global private client group of Merrill Lynch.
Holding both a bachelor’s of science and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota, Brewer said the academy’s focus is building Christian servant leaders of tomorrow.
“We need to get God back in our schools. I’m a believer in that,” he said. “And most importantly, we need to get discipline back in our schools because when you’re raised in discipline, then you demand discipline from other people as well.”
A tour of the school and an overview of the camp were held at the launch. It also included voluntary community service activities with a donation drop for new and used baseball items were donated to the Haitian Baseball Federation and toys to family members of the incarcerated.
The American Heroes Camp begins, which begins on June 14, is a faith-based athletic program designed to educate and keep kids off the streets, said Brewer. The camp provides even the lowest income kids the chance to be competitive in sports and school using disciplined Christian principles to empower the students mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Each child will be given an academic, athletic, and spiritual assessment which will lay the foundation for their personalized Hero Training Program and enable participants to hone their athletic skills by focusing on speed and agility with the help of professional and collegiate athlete coaches.
Participants will learn boxing and other sport-specific training and get reading and math proficiency training.
“Our program is specially designed to foster a love of service to others in its participants,” said Brewer.
Tuition to The Serving Institute is $6,000 a year. Summer camp is $1,200. Scholarships for the eight-week program are available to families who do not have the means to pay. Donations are also being accepted to help children.
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