CORAL GABLES, FL — As no stranger to the imminent danger and aftermath of hurricanes, the University of Miami's Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp banded together and raised enough money to keep its sister sports camp at Loyola University in New Orleans up and running after Hurricane Katrina hit the area over one year ago.

Children ages 6 through 12 can swim, play basketball and tennis, and take part in a variety of other indoor games, at the camp that is run by University of Miami professionals and college students and Miami-Dade County teachers. Campers crafted tie-dyed T-shirts, necklaces and personalized cards for their peer campers in New Orleans. Parents also joined the effort, donating $354 towards gift cards to send along with the children's creations.

The support project tied in with the mission of the eight-week summer camp, “Becoming a Better U,” aimed at building character in its campers while enlightening them to new experiences. The camp also provided scholarships to assist children in the New Orleans camp whose parents need help paying for the program.

Teaching children the act of charity at an early age is important to their education and is a fundamental part of the camp's success, says Rhonda DuBord, camp director.