MIAMI (CBS4) – A summer program for girls between the ages of 8-18 who come from economically challenged communities is gearing up in South Florida.
The year round mentoring program called Camp Honey Shine was founded by Tracy Mourning almost 10 years ago.
She and her husband, Heat star Alonzo Mourning, who created his own star studded charity weekend known as Zo’s Summer Groove, are all about giving back.
“That’s what life is about: serving. I’ve been so blessed all my life. I know that my responsibility is to serve and what i get in return you can’t imagine,” said Tracy Mourning.
“I’m very proud of her and Alonzo. They are good people” said Tracy’s mother Nana.
The Carrollton School in Coconut Grove donates their facilities to the camp in summer. On the campus, it’s clear Tracy loves her “honey bugs”. Hugs are given out freely, as is all their tuition, and direction for the future.
“It’s about exposure. Showing them there’s so much world out there. Some of our honey bugs have never gone to the beach before we took them, now we have annual beach party. For me it’s about exposure, that’s how they learn and grow. That’s how they know they belong,” Tracy said.
As for the girls, it’s a gift they don’t take for granted.
“They teach us to grow up and to be young ladies and go on job interviews and everything,” said 14 year old Asia Smith.
“I love it. During the summer, I don’t actually do much and we get an opportunity to do things I’ve never experienced before,” said Ranirya Mims, 15.
Tracy is also donating a percentage of profits of her new Honey Child line of lotion, oils and body scrubs to the program.
“When I say my prayers at night I say how can I do better?” said Tracy. “How can I do better?”
For more information about Honey Child Products: www.honeychild.net
For more info about Zo’s Summer Groove: www.zsg.com