Alonzo Mourning Charities (AMC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation.

Alonzo Mourning Charities creates platforms for youth to excel.  AMC supports programming with proven results that deliver resources to students and families in need.


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Back to School Season is Celebrated at the Overtown Youth Center with Backpack Giveaways


Alonzo Mourning Charities; Overtown Youth Center (OYC); volunteers from Lennar Corporation and Miami-Dade Young Democrats; and 500 kids from across Miami-Dade County.


Alonzo Mourning Charities is getting kids ready to go back to school with the Back To School Drive Giveaway, where 500 kids will receive backpacks filled with the necessities for a successful start to the 2010-2011 school year. Backpacks are separated by grade level, gender and contain items courtesy of donors such as David Hover, the Lennar Corporation, Bank of America, UBS Wealth Management, Tony Hawk Foundation, and LBT East Coast. Prior to the distribution of school supplies, OYC will host a mid-day of interactive activities to get students energized and excited about returning to school.

The children selected to participate are enrolled in schools across Miami-Dade including Miami Downtown Charter School, Phylis Wheately Elementary School, Dunbar Elementary, Freddrick Douglas Elementary, Booker T. Washington High School, Jose de Diego Middle School, and Theodore Gibson Charter School. In addition, these students are enrolled in programs under the Alonzo Mourning Charities umbrella, including the Honey Shine Mentoring Program and Zo’s Fund for Life.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

10:00AM – 1:00PM Interactive games, music and food for the kids (including relay races, a bounce house and more)

1:00PM – 3:00PM Backpack distribution

WHERE: Overtown Youth Center

450 NW 14th Street

Miami, FL 33136

WHY: Programs operating under the Alonzo Mourning Charities umbrella are designed to engage children in educational and recreational activities that promote their physical, cognitive, motor, social and emotional development. Preparing children to succeed in school is one of Alonzo Mourning Charities’ goals, and the Back to School Drive & Giveaway is a yearly initiative that provides students with the necessary tools do well in school.

MEDIA RSVP: Media are invited to cover this event at the OYC during the times specified above.  Contact Tyler Sminkey at (786) 390-8510 or