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John Blake, Director CEF and Camps for City Kids

These classes and sports camps (Bible, Power & Light, Reading, Etiquette, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Pickleball, and Black-Top games) went four weeks from June 13-July 8th. Tennis, Basketball, Pickleball & Soccer sports camps were held in conjunction with Camps for City Kids and the DNS Reading Camp.

Fun play, basic skills, and court fitness are offered by Doc Blake, summer staff members, and “Mak” our intern. Dr. David, Pastor Harley, Jamo, Ms. Jackie, and Mak (above) conducted classes to build character for campers, understand their power, and change things in their world.

Kevin Mahoney, Dean of Studies, Durham Nativity School and Director of the Reading Camp

It’s difficult to put an exact dollar amount on the service, food, transportation, care, and academic enrichment that we provide. But know that we are providing each family a service valued between $50 and $400 per week  for summer camp. As a father, I know the face-value/dollar importance of that.

However, the real difference is the energy and kindness each of you bring. As a team, we have been consistently reliable and nice, which is always the goal each summer. As a result, and thanks to your efforts and attention to our students, the Jenny Koortbojian Reading Camp will successfully conclude tomorrow. 

Thank you so much for keeping our campers safe, engaged, and full of joy. For tomorrow, we have a bunch of food and beach toys; have some fun!

John “Doc” Blake JHS’73, Coach Parrish 45+yrs, and Emily Biggs JHS’74 want to make a greater impact on city kids this summer with your help! Our summer includes 4 weeks of fun and 35 campers. Here is your chance to sponsor a city kid. $5,000 will sponsored kids and the supplies this summer. CEF is pleased to introduce our summer intern, Mak, who will facilitate and lead our campers.

Tennis, Basketball, and Soccer: Camp for City Kids will include these sports and the following activities this summer June 13th-July 8th. We’re offering tennis, basketball, and soccer. Camp will instructions, drills, and team play each day. Week on Tuesdays & Thursdays ››

Pickleball: Fun, social and friendly. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Picklebell Learn About ››

Blacktop & Field Games: These are the same games we use for fun and gather kids during weekly clubs, sports clubs and sports camps. Games on Blacktops: Ball throws, Hulo Hoop relay, Water Balloon relays, etc.

Bible Study, Etiquette Class, Values Based Character Education: Character development, Bible study, and Etiquette classes offered each week to camps understand their Good-given value, power, and destiny. Our summer will last for 4-weeks each Monday-Fridays June 13th – July 8th. Our summer staff is Mr. Kevin Mahoney and the DNS staff, Dr. David Johnson, Michael Haley, Jamison Berthold, Mrs. Jackie Omotosho, CEF staff, and our new intern, Makenzie “Mak” Pendergrass.


Sponsor-A-City Kids for summer camps in Durham… so $100 at a 4-weeks!!!

Doc Blake’s Challenge / Journey

My fitness journey has detoured somewhat, but I am still helping people learn about fitness, and working with kids. My main focus now is centered on therapy and recovery as noted below.

January 4-5, 2022 – MRI analysis (re: tumor) and oncology consult at Duke Cancer Center. John’s recent scan marker shows the tumor is a “good” one and responds great to chemo. “God’s Game Plan” is to begin a higher dose of chemo for 5 days, then 23 days off. Next recheck of the tumor is Feb. 9th. What is determined there will give doctors an idea on whether we go through another year of every 2 months of MRI/recheck, or if the plan needs to be adjusted. The “Challenge / Journey” is 2022…

Expertise and Experience is Key

John Blake has degrees in Public Health Education and Sports Medicine: Human Performance, Strength & Conditioning, and Athletic Training from East Carolina University and the American College of Sports Medicine. He developed and implemented sports medicine care and educational programs in Washington, DC and Durham, NC. He is the founder of More Than Gold Sports camps, academies, fitness boot camps and programs strengthening youth as well as adults of all ages.  Allow “doc Blake” to help you reach your fitness goals. 

My Partners and I Demonstrate Commitment to You

My partners take your fitness goals seriously. We all understand that losing weight and gaining muscle can be challenging, and our goal is to always help you overcome hurdles and reach your goals. We analyze your body metrics and factor in your real-life to create your individualized fitness plan.

Your Success is My Goal

With 45 years of success and experience, we are capable of analyzing your body and creating a fitness plan that will help you reach your goals. Most plans include healthy eating and exercise to ensure the best results for most clients. Our goal is to change your view on fitness, so that it becomes part of who you are and your lifestyle. We strongly believe that if you practice healthy habits, you will be able to obtain a healthy lifestyle.  We will work with you to keep you on track and motivated to reach your goals. 

Why they call me “doc”?

As a Certified Athletic Trainer (1977-1996) I provided prevention, care, and rehabilitation for elite, college, and high school athletes. They called me doc Blake and I was committed to their success. My degrees are in Public Health, School & Community Health Education, and PhD post grad studies in Human Performance.

I’m Always Here to Help! These are more than words. This is a promise. Always here, means by whatever means available. To Help, means to leverage any resource of scientific knowledge, coaching experience, and tools appropriate for everyone of my fitness clients to get into the best shape of their lives.


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