New Orleans native and St. Augustine alumnus, Brandon Okpalobi, was recently honored by the City of Miami for his community outreach through his non-profit organization Dibia D.R.E.A.M. (Development through Recreational Education for Athletic Minds). The organization hosts sports camps throughout the country, and in Bermuda. Okpalobi brings his Essence of Sports Camp to New Orleans annually to coincide with the Essence Festival. His successful 2015 Essence of Sports Camp hosted over 80 kids exposing young minds to athletic prowess, life skills, science and engineering via a partnership STEM NOLA. Brandon Okpalobi was awarded the Youth Sports Ambassador Award by Miami’s Mayor Jimenez, for leadership and service to children in the community. This is an amazing accomplishment for Okpalobi whose two organizations...

New Orleans, LA. – DIBIA Dream will host its annual Essence of Sports Clinic from 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m., June 29, 2015 – July 2, 2015 at Isidore Newman High School. The clinic is designed for girls and boys of all skill levels, ages 7-16. The Clinic is FREE of cost. The Dream Essence of Sports Clinic is the perfect blend of sports, educational development, life skills emphasis, and physical fitness. Attendees will be inspired to pursue their DREAMS as they leave with a renewed confidence to excel academically, socially, and athletically. Dream Essence of Sports Clinic includes: Educational and Life Skills Interactive Workshops; Innovative and Intense Basketball Drills; STEM projects facilitated by STEM NOLA; Special Celebrity Guest Speakers; and an Exclusive...

Big Brothers Big Sisters is sending three young people to the Dibia Basketball Camp next month thanks to the spontaneous donation of four charity-minded friends. Curtis Williams, Lloyd Holder, Glenn Jones and Jeff Baron pooled their money to equally fund two camp scholarships. The Dibia organization was inspired by the gesture and agreed to grant a third scholarship. Patrina O’Connor-Paynter, the charity’s marketing director, is now looking to build a long-term relationship with Dibia Athletics. The Dibia Basketball camp teaches basketball, leadership and life skills to children between the ages of seven and 16 years-old during school spring and summer breaks. Next month’s camp is August 4-8. The Bermuda Sun has been a media sponsor of the camps for several years. Go to...