Health and wellness & safety experts join program to raise adult awareness of youth health topics

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY – June 17, 2013 – Players from five NFC teams will descend into the state of New Jersey to provide 350 boys and girls the experience of a lifetime at the second annual Malcolm Jenkins Foundation Next Level Youth Football Camp that will be held at Piscataway High School on June 21 and 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.The free of charge camp provides a unique opportunity to bring youth age 7-17 together for two fun, safe and engaging days of learning from prominent NFL players and outstanding high school coaches. The program is designed to give each participant a solid foundation in football fundamentals on and off the field. Participants are grouped based on age. “I am proud to be returning to my hometown and home state to give back and return the favor and support that I received from every aspect of my community during my formative years as a student athlete,” said Malcolm Jenkins, Founder and Chairman of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation and Safety with the NFL Super Bowl XLIV Champions New Orleans Saints. I’m especially honored that my friends and colleagues in the league are joining the Foundation and me to provide the campers with an experience they will always remember,” said Jenkins.At this year’s camp, Malcolm will be joined by players who participated last year and several new players who have come on board for this round. Confirmed players include Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals), Roman Harper (Saints), Isa Abdul-Quddus (Saints); Curtis Lofton (Saints); Leigh Torrence (Free Agent); Kurt Coleman (Eagles); Anderson Russell (Panthers); and Steven Miller (Lions).This year’s camp activities have been expanded to include information sessions to all parents and guardians who want to learn more on youth health, wellness and sports safety. Topics will cover: Nutrition & Hydration; Concussion Recognition & Recovery; Sudden Cardiac Arrest; Common Injuries in Athletes; the Importance of Sleep in Athletes and Anti-Bullying. The sessions will raise awareness and provide information on injury prevention and care, and also highlight the importance of safe play, exercise and healthy activities.“We are proud to once again offer a great camp experience to our state’s youth who, along with knowledge about sports performance, will also learn how self-discipline, character, academics and healthy lifestyles and attitudes are key to life performance,” said Gwendolyn V. Jenkins, Foundation President. “We look forward to all parents and guardians participating in our information sessions,” Jenkins said, adding that “building awareness around health and safety topics in adults and youth can encourage conversation between them that can make a big difference in the youth’s wellness.”Camp sponsors and supporters include: Somerset Medical Center Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Center; CAA Sports; AT&T; Muscle Maker Grill of South Plainfield, NJ; Piscataway Township Schools; Rutgers University; East West Connection; Pat Rego Creations; State Farm Insurance; Walmart, Piscataway Police PBA 93; Cablevision; Kegler Brown Hill and Ritter; Pepsi Bottling Company and Popchips.