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Hidden Gems: Meet Latoya Edwards-Hordge of Hordge Camp Youth Wellness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Latoya Edwards-Hordge. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Latoya went off to Buffalo State College to compete in the sport of track and field. She has been credited an exceptional NCAA All American status six times, with a decorative career in the short sprints and relays. With the love of physical fitness and wellness from a young age, Latoya obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness in 2010 and moved shortly after graduation to Austin, TX with her husband, Willie Hordge. Willie hosts a decorative sprinter career himself reaching Junior World Olympic Champion records in 2002. With both of their talents, they have been building on the Hordge Camp brand slowly but surely since then.

In 2016, Latoya graduated from Texas A&M with a Master’s of Science in Health Education and have been involved in community work to stay connected to the field. That same year, Latoya was inducted to the Buffalo State College Sports Hall of Fame. Currently, she serves on the Hays CISD Council Board Committee Chair for Healthy Lifestyles. Hordge Camp Youth Wellness has a true purpose in the Austin, Buda, Kyle and surrounding communities, and excited to see its growth continue.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Smooth sailing oh no! Solidifying locations to host camp sessions and many guidelines associated with Covid-19 protocols has been the greatest hurdle. However, excited about partnerships in the Buda area for upcoming dates and have gotten used to the protocols.

We’ve been impressed with Hordge Camp Youth Wellness, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Hordge Camp Youth Wellness is a community-based program catering to age 5-14, where we cultivate an environment for youth to thrive in health and well-being.” It’s a series of programs to encompass several dimensions of wellness, operating when school is not in session:
Healthy lifestyle options, cooking & meal prepping
Physical Fitness
Strength and Conditioning
Yoga
Mental Health and Awareness
Financial literacy
Life Skills

In turn, our youth acclaims its environment through channels of community involvement and thriving service.

Our most prideful asset is our contribution to the community. From setting up community “blessing boxes” to field days at local senior homes, to a “Youthentrepreneur event”, we are intentional about our connections in the community and are consistently looking to further our influence in the city.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I’ve learned to be intentional about working through the issues and knowing it’s part of the process. There’s lessons to learned through the storm if you take a moment to reflect. Find solutions and a better balance, and not focus on the issue.

Pricing:

  • $200-$220 a week per session on average inclusive of field trips

Contact Info:

  • Email: wellness@hordgecamp.org
  • Website: www.hordgecamp.org
  • Instagram: @hordgecamp
  • Facebook: Hordge Camp Youth Wellness

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