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Mini Canes Camp Registration Opens

Mini CanesCORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 15, 2018)Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp, which runs for four, two-week sessions beginning June 11 at the University of Miami, is not your traditional sports camp. As a multi-award-winning camp, Mini Canes offers children ages 6 to 12 educational and recreational activities to help develop lifelong skills while having fun in a safe environment. Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, UM employees and alumni can register their children at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center.

“Mini Canes is a multidimensional camp,” said Tom Soria, director of Mini Canes Camp at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Our campers are on the Coral Gables campus and learn a range of skills, from sports and swimming to art and cooking all with health, fitness and safety in mind.”

Campers are divided into groups by age and will participate in a variety of activities focused on sports, health and wellness. Depending on which session a camper enrolls, basketball, kickball, flag football, soccer and softball are among the sports taught. In addition to sports and games, campers engage in educationally focused activities such as wellness education, arts and crafts, cooking lessons and special events. Campers also take part in daily swim lessons.

“Camp offers a variety of educational learning opportunities, and daily swim lessons are just one of our main highlights,” Soria said. “Swimming is a vital skill that every child living in South Florida should master.”

Additionally, each day, campers create beautiful art projects using a collection of art materials and techniques that become increasingly challenging as the campers grow older. Once a week, campers learn how to read recipes and apply various cooking techniques while whipping up delicious treats.

At the end of every two-week session, camp culminates with an extravaganza performed by the campers. Parents, family and friends are invited to watch as their children sing, dance and act in a special-themed show.

The four two-week Mini Canes Camp sessions begin June 11. Parents have the option to sign their children up for any combination of sessions, depending on availability. Camp drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m., which coordinates with the UM workday. Before and after-care are available for additional fees.

Camp Session Dates

  • Session 1: June 11 – 22
  • Session 2: June 25 – July 6 (Closed Wednesday, July 4)
  • Session 3: July 9 – 20
  • Session 4: July 23 – August 3

Registration is available for all UM affiliates, including students, faculty, staff and alumni. To expedite registration, visit minicanes.miami.edu to download and complete the necessary enrollment packet before registering. Camper enrollment packets must be delivered in-person to the Mini Canes office on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center. Please be prepared to present your Cane Card and C# (or alumni association card) upon registration. Incomplete registration materials will not be accepted. For complete registration procedures, click here.



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Tee It Up for the Annual Norm Parsons IM Golf Tournament

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 20, 2018) – Tee it up ’Canes! The Department of Wellness and Recreation will be hosting the third Annual Norman C. Parsons, Jr. Intramural Golf Tournament, open to members and non-members of the Herbert Wellness Center, on Friday, April 6.  The tournament, a two-person scramble, begins with a 1 p.m shotgun start at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the DWR Student Employee Development Fund.

The tournament honors the lasting impact Norm Parsons, the first executive director of the Department of Wellness and Recreation, had on the establishment of the Herbert Wellness Center. For 43 years, Parsons served the University of Miami and the Division of Student Affairs with dedication, distinction, and a commitment to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“Norm was a strong advocate for all of our students,” said Tom Soria, associate director of recreational sports at the Herbert Wellness Center. “As the largest student employer on campus, we emphasize teaching our student employees useful and transferable skills. With this fund, we can now further support their personal and professional development.”

The entry fee—$40 for UM students and $75 for all others— includes a cart, green fees, range balls, a boxed lunch, and a goodie bag. Free transportation will be provided for a limited number of UM students living on campus who need transportation to the course.

For more information or to register for the tournament by the March 23 deadline, visit miami.edu/parsonsgolf.


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Celebrate Homecoming with a Love Brick on the Herbert Wellness Center’s Love Bridge

Love.BridgeHomecoming is a special time of year when we get to fall in love with UM all over again. Join the more than 300 UM alumni and friends of the Herbert Wellness Center who have chosen to declare their love and celebrate someone special in their lives with a Love Brick on the Herbert Wellness Center’s Love Bridge.

Not only does a Love Brick proclaim your love for someone you care deeply about, it also helps put UM students on the permanent path to wellness. Initiated by Patti and Allan Herbert and supported by funds from the Love Bridge, the CHAMP (’Canes Health Assessment and Motivation Program) Endowment Fund offers all UM students free fitness assessments each semester they’re in school. Students use the information from these assessments to get started or stay on the right health and fitness program to achieve their wellness goals.

The Love Bridge combines two dimensions of wellness that are key to the mission of the Herbert Wellness Center. In addition to supporting emotional wellness for those honored with a brick, the program promotes physical wellness in UM students who take advantage of CHAMP. In other words, a Love Brick is the perfect way to declare your love for UM, and someone special, at homecoming.

To purchase your brick, fill out the Love Bridge brochure. For more information, contact Carmen Gilbert at 305-284-8512 or visit the Herbert Wellness Center’s website.


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Bending Over Backwards to Stay Healthy: Yoga Class Provides Body and Soul Experience

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 23, 2015) – With exercise mats unfurled, about 100 University of Miami students, faculty, and staff participated in “UM’s Largest Yoga Class” on Tuesday, stretching their spines and twisting their torsos in an hour-long session held at the Herbert Wellness Center.

Led by seven yoga instructors, two of whom walked about the Centre Court adjusting people’s posture, the free class combined movements of Vinyasa, Prana, and other forms of yoga and was part of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s (PHA) #HealthyCampus Week. During the weeklong initiative, the Wellness Center and UM Dining teamed up with other departments and divisions to highlight and promote the University’s health and wellness initiatives.

“We want to make the healthiest choice the easiest choice at UM,” said Scott Levin, executive director of the Department of Wellness and Recreation.

Levin noted that last year, UM joined 19 other colleges and universities to become part of the PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative, a three-year commitment aimed at making college and university campuses healthier by adopting guidelines around nutrition, physical activity, and programming.

The Wellness Center is celebrating 20 years of defining wellness for the University of Miami community and will honor its anniversary with several special programs and events throughout the year. For more information about PHA’s Healthier Campus Initiative or the Wellness Center’s 20-year anniversary celebration, visit miami.edu/wellness.

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See the Winning Design for Team UM’s Corporate Run/Walk T-Shirt

Corproate.Run T-shirtThe competition was stiff, but the University’s Culture Transformation Team has selected Isabel Vera’s design for the Dri-Fit T-shirts Team UM will wear in the 2015 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk.

Along with the theme for this year’s race—”At the U We Transform Lives”—the orange T-shirt features Sebastian on the front and the iconic U, formed by two hands, over the word “know” on the back.

“As in ‘U know, UM is it,”‘ said Vera, senior administrative assistant in Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Department of Surgery. “I was very surprised but very happy to win and look forward to seeing a lot of orange and green on race day.”

The 2015 Corporate Run/Walk is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m. at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The T-shirt contest was sponsored by Human Resources, Well ’Canes, and the Herbert Wellness Center.

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