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BLACK LIVES MATTER

All lives CANNOT matter until black lives matter as well.  Black lives matter!  This is Heart Power’s stance.  Since our formation in 2010, our work has positively impacted youth from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. 

We have:

  • Mentored and Led
  • Promoted financial literacy
  • Provided life skills instruction
  • Implemented college readiness programs
  • Provided a platform for police and civic leaders to speak to community youth 

Our very diverse staff fully supports our beliefs and actions.

However, with the death of yet another unarmed black man at the hands of bad police officers or vigilantes working as officers, it is imperative that we do more.  It is important that we honor everyone including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.  We will continue to mentor and invest in our youth to promote change and improve our communities.  Moving forward, it is Heart Power’s intent to do the following:

  • Create awareness of the systemic racism in our country
  • Fight for humanity and educate in a manner that encourages empathy
  • Take steps to ensure our voices are heard at the polls 
  • Support people who are underserved

Most importantly, we will not lose hope.  We will continue to love, learn, and lead with a servant’s heart.   God is ultimately in control, and He will heal the divide within our country and within ourselves!

COVID – 19 Update

First and foremost, I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and safe. Your health and well-being are paramount as we navigate thru the coronavirus pandemic in accordance with the Stay at Home orders from each of our various locations.

The spread of COVID-19 has impacted all facets of our lives.  We take this threat very seriously and will continue to make decisions with the health and welfare of our Heart Power family as the number one priority.  We are staying up to date on all directives, guidelines and suggestions from state governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The nation’s top public health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, warn that until widespread rapid testing and improved treatments are available, large gatherings are still risky.  For our safety and yours, we are postponing all CHAMP Camps this summer.  We are working to develop a playbook for safely resuming CHAMP Camp operations.  This playbook will follow best practices for safeguarding public health by providing clear guidance for healthy interactions in a safe environment.

This past week, I was blessed to be involved with the NFL Draft.  Overall, it was a great success, albeit being conducted remotely. This time away from the traditional office environment resulted in the need to be flexible, and it has allowed us time to innovate and imagine ‘new normal’ ways of impacting our communities through Heart Power.  We are currently exploring ways to provide sessions via Skype, Facebook Live, YouTube, and/ or Zoom. 

Many of you have supported our vision for over 10 years – you are our lifeblood!  As always, our thoughts and prayers are with you.  That said, if there are other ways in which we can provide support, please reach out and let us know.  Obviously, we cannot accommodate everyone and every situation, but we will try to do our part. 

God Bless,
The Kelly Family

Hurricane Michael

As we scroll through countless photos and videos of the aftermath of hurricane Michael, we cannot help but be saddened and empathetic to your current situation. This hurricane has devastated communities across the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of our brothers, sisters, and children have witnessed the destruction of their homes. Fallen trees fill the pathways. Power outages are widespread. Schools are in shambles. Livelihoods are wiped out and quite frankly, dreams are halted. Many evacuated the area and cannot yet return. We have spoken to close friends and family who are afraid. There is a pit in our stomachs and hurt in our hearts for all of you right now! 

Being from Campbellton, there are already too many families fighting to survive until the next paycheck. There are too many kids accustomed to being without. Kids are used to being alone at home while momma is working 2 or 3 jobs. Some of you had little to nothing at home already and lost that. 

We just wanted to write to say that we recognize and acknowledge your loss and pain. You are a part of our Heart Power/ CHAMP Camp family. You are in our prayers. We are actively trying to find ways to support the relief effort. If you personally need us, do not hesitate to call or email. 

I’ve personally travelled throughout a large part of the country. What stands out about you, my home community, is that we are RESOURCEFUL, TOUGH, and CONNECTED. My prayer is that we bond together as we rebuild. This hurricane saw no color, no ethnicity, no social or financial status. I pray that our tomorrow will have the same inclusiveness. I know the world will be watching. Heart Power will be watching. 

God Bless,
Champ Kelly

C.H.A.M.P. Camp

The premier program of HPI, the C.H.A.M.P. Camp strives to instill the core values of Character, Heart, Attitude, Motivation, and Pride through football fundamentals instruction and incorporating a variety of guest speakers who will be delivering messages on life skills and the importance of making good decisions. These 2-day, non-contact youth football camps, for kids ages 10-17, are held each year between the months of June and July.

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“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor…

Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.” – The great former NFL coach Vince Lombardi

We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, without whom our season would not be possible.

I would just like to take a moment to let you know how much your camp not only meant to my son, but me also! It was AMAZING! I am so glad that he was able to attend… the Coaching staff and speakers were EXCELLENT! I was most proud of the fact that almost each and everyone of the speakers talked about school, your friends (who you surround yourself with) and God. My son has attended other football camps before but nothing like this… read more 

Elaine W., Mother of Kentucky Camp Camper

Dear Stephanie and “Champ”:
On behalf of the athletes and coaches of Special Olympics, Florida, Jackson County, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous donation to our program. Our athletes thoroughly enjoyed working with your staff at the football camp. It is a great experience for our athletes to see the kind of training that is delivered to other athletes in the community… read more 

Karen H., Jackson County Coordinator, Special Olympics, Florida