A quiet but significant turning point was reached on September 2nd.
For the past 20 years, students from the Orlando area have gathered at the Citrus Bowl for summer camp. In that time, thousands of students have come through to swim, golf and learn essential skills that will carry them through life. The Florida Citrus Sports Foundation highlights the middle-schoolers as MVPs and works with the community to teach the students athletics, academics, attitude and achievement.
We popped in to see what the camp was up to this year. With a voice recorder and a camera, we captured a glimpse of a day in the life of a student attending Florida Citrus Sports. Here’s a candid look at what the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation MVPs were up to.
The great injustice of segregation and the unintentional consequence of desegregation left neighborhoods all over the country, abandoned by hope as all those who could afford to leave fled to the suburbs. There is an opportunity to right these wrongs that have made certain neighborhoods in our cities pockets of blight and chronic, generational poverty. This is the spirit of our claim in a recent article by the Orlando Sentinel.
“If none of us do anything, downtown will certainly change and eventually gentrify. But the poor will be kicked out just like people are concerned about. Through Lift Orlando, I believe [we] can build a downtown for all.”
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Lake Lorna Doone Park, which is owned and managed by the City of Orlando, is being redesigned. Improving this historic park, which sits in the shadow of the Orlando Citrus Bowl, is a top priority for area residents as reported in surveys completed by Polis Institute in early 2014. As the year progressed, an action plan was created, initial funding was secured, and the design process got underway. In January of 2015, the first formal design plans will be unveiled for additional comment.
Football stadiums rarely benefit the neighborhoods adjacent to them. Often, the opposite is true. But Steve Hogan, the CEO of Florida Citrus Sports, is dedicated to seeing his organization leverage the redevelopment, and regular operations, of the Citrus Bowl to create and economic engine for positive neighborhood transformation for those neighboring communities.
In business, competition is a primary driving force. But when it comes to addressing our region's most pressing issues, collaboration is far more critical. Issues like hunger, homelessness, poverty and lack of education have long been the domain of nonprofits and the public sector, with companies often relegated to writing checks on the sidelines.