Saturday ‘boot camp’ aids Miami Dade Children’s Home Society

By Lee Stephens….

William Del Sol supervises a session at his Saturday morning Boot Camp.

As you probably know by now, Willie’s Boot Camp/SoMi Fitness of South Miami is a great place to get fit, lean and healthy. What you may not know is that owner William Del Sol and Unni Greene are giving back to the community all year long with their Saturday morning Boot Camp to benefit the Children’s Home Society.

For more than a year, Del Sol and Greene have been hosting the Boot Camp for at Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. All they ask in return is a check donation made out to the Children’s Home Society, which provides the only shelter in Miami- Dade County for abused and abandoned children. The Society also provides family and individual counseling, child abuse prevention and intervention services, homebased services, help for pregnant teens and first-time mothers, residential and group homes, adoption and foster care services, mentoring programs, family preservation and much more. Every year, CHS provides services to about 100,000 children and families throughout Florida.

“It is so important to give back to the community,” said Del Sol. “I wanted to help people less fortunate, and with the assistance of Unni I chose the Children’s Home Society. Children are so dear to my heart and they are the most defenseless and vulnerable individuals. It is a great feeling to be able to help them.”

Del Sol and Greene have raised thousands of dollars throughout the year for the Children’s Home Society.

Each week, people come and enjoy the Boot Camp and bring family and friends. Many have been there from the beginning, like Julio Hanono and Ron Novas, who often bring their own children and families to enjoy the work out. They now consider the Boot Camp a necessary part of a great week-end.

“These guys never miss and it’s amazing to have people with that positive energy stepping up to the plate week after week,” said Del Sol.

In addition to the Charity Boot Camp, last Christmas Del Sol and Greene spearheaded a collection and donation of Christmas gifts that were donated to the children of Oliver Batista Church congregants in South Miami. Del Sol and Greene felt that there was a need and reached out to the community.

“When they saw the toys lined up that they could choose, the joy on the children’s faces from was priceless,” said Greene. Del Sol and Greene are planning to collect toys again this holiday season. They hope to team up with local businesses such as Boca Tanning of South Miami, a company that has supported Willie’s Boot Camp from the beginning.

Willie’s Boot Camp and SoMi Fitness are located in South Miami. Both Del Sol and Greene are certified personal trainers, with specialties in nutrition planning and counseling, and in personal and group training.

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