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THA provides summer activities for public housing youth
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THA provides summer activities for public housing youth

Riverview, FL -- Despite the closure of some city parks, the Tampa Housing Authority is providing summer activities for public housing youth that includes fun and recreation.

More than 150 enrolled public housing youth will enjoy their summer vacations this year thanks to the management staff at the Tampa Housing Authorities' The Oaks at Riverview Community Center located at 110 E. Kirby Street. The center receives approximately 113 kids per day in all age groups ranging from 6 to 15 years old.

“Combined with education and structured wholesome activities, we are able to keep our youth engaged and off the streets this summer” Jerome Ryans, THA President/CEO said in a release. “The staff at the Oaks, Coach Kevin Knox and Kenny Bryant, are doing an excellent job and are to be commended for the great schedule they have put together for our kids."

The youth are engaged in activities that include: arts and crafts, kickball, soccer, flag football skating, visits to the Glazers Children’s Museum, bowling, trips to MOSI, Lettuce Lake Park, Tampa International Airport Guided Tour and Scavenger Hunt, Florida Aquarium, Qzar Laser Tag, Malibu Raceway, Big Cat Rescue and the Kennedy Space Center. As a special treat, the youth have attended a Rays vs Reds game in June and are scheduled to attend a Rays vs Blue Jays game on August 4, 2011.

Participants also enjoy assorted board games, movies and work on the computers. More than fun and games are part of the structured activities; education also plays an important role as math and reading education are also scheduled.

The Oaks at Riverview Community Center is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is managed by Stephanie Brown Gilmore at the Program and Property Services office at 813-253-0551, Ext. 118.

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