MIRAMAR — Hangin’ with 5-0 is a six-week summer program for at risk-youth that recently kicked off in Miramar for 75 students ages 11 to 15. The students, who are identified by their schools’ resource officers and guidance counselors, enjoy field trips, sports and other activities.
This summer, field trips include excursions to the movies, bowling alley, Hollywood beach, Galaxy Skateway roller skating rink, Zoo Miami, Billie Swamp Safari and Kabooms Amusement Center. Each day, breakfast and lunch also are served.
Four years go the Hangin’ with 5-0 program (5-0 is a popular urban slang term for the police) was scheduled to be eliminated due to budget constraints but Sunbeam stepped in and helped save the program. This summer the youths will have the opportunity to attend camp thanks to a $15,000 donation from Sunbeam Properties and the Miramar Park of Commerce.
“This is such an important program and fulfills an unmet need in our community,” said Maridee Bell, vice president of Sunbeam Properties, developer of the Miramar Park of
Commerce. “Our support of the program has become a tradition and we are proud to sponsor a camp that fosters learning and camaraderie, while providing a safe and fun environment for local teens.”
Scott Hadley, City of Miramar police officer and Miramar Police Athletic League executive director, heads the Hangin’ with 5-0 program. “We thank Sunbeam for their generous donation and continued support of Hangin’ with 5-0,” said Hadley. “Through this summer program, we are able to provide at-risk youth with a fun summer experience that allows them to learn, grow and live up to their fullest potential.”
In addition to Hangin’ with 5-0, Sunbeam Properties and the Miramar Park of Commerce support other community activities. The staff of Sunbeam Properties and park tenants participated in the first Habitat for Humanity home build in Miramar, the 11th Habitat home donated by Sunbeam. This fall they will work on another Habitat home in the city.
The Park also has been the site for supply drives for America’s Moms for Soldiers and a food drive for the United Way of Broward County orchestrated by Sunbeam Properties.
Photo: Christopher Dacosta and Leonardo Gajardo