Angel Tree Sports Camp to Take Place in Atlanta at Anderson Park on Sunday, November 7, 2021, Representing Kickoff Event of Nationwide Effort to Connect 'Opportunity Kids™' to a Network of Organizations in Five Key Cities
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Prison Fellowship®, the nation's largest Christian nonprofit serving prisoners, former prisoners, and their families—in partnership with Walmart's Center for Racial Equity—is launching the Opportunity Kids Collaborative, a nationwide movement geared at connecting children in distressed communities of color to a network of support. The commencement of the effort will be marked by an Angel Tree Sports Camp in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, November 7, 2021.
OPPORTUNITY KIDS KICK-OFF EVENT—ATLANTA, GA, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2021
Who: Prison Fellowship Angel Tree™, Walmart’s Center for Racial Equity, and the Atlanta Police Athletic League
What: The launch of the Opportunity Kids Collaborative, commemorated by an Angel Tree Sports Camp for more than 100 kids of incarcerated parents in the Greater Atlanta area
When: Sunday, November 7, 2021, beginning at 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Where: Anderson Park, 120 Anderson Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
The Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Sports Camp event will include a day of training in two forms: various football positions, taught by coaches in the Atlanta Police Athletic League; and spiritual encouragement for children and their caregivers—conducted by Prison Fellowship staff and church volunteers in the Atlanta area.
"We are so thrilled to be partnering with Walmart and its Center for Racial Equity to help create a collaboration of corporate, community, and faith-based partners—working together to help kids move from vulnerable beginnings to victorious futures," said James Ackerman, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship."Opportunity Kids are children aged 18 and under who, through no fault of their own, may struggle to flourish and realize their potential. They contain the spark inherent in all human beings: the potential to grow into healthy, productive adults using their unique gifts to contribute to the communities in which they live."
"This new collaboration with the Walmart Center for Racial Equity helps build relationships with like-minded individuals and organizations who contribute and work toward shared goals," said Natika Washington, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships of Prison Fellowship."Prison Fellowship is uniquely positioned to partner with local churches, corporations, and other organizations who want to come alongside struggling families and children to provide support, encouragement, and connection."
"Our work aims to create systems change, which means addressing the root cause of the problem and redesigning the parts of the system that contribute to Black Americans being disproportionately more likely to be incarcerated," said Marvin Carr, Director for Racial Equity, Walmart.org. "We know this change will take time and a steady flow of resources, which is why we're building national networks to create and scale up community-based prevention efforts. We are excited that Prison Fellowship is leading one of these networks: the Opportunity Kids network."