June 27, 2013 2:15 PM
Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano
Aaliyah Amos whirls a toy hoop around herself during a session on circus arts taking place at the Reily Student Recreation Center. In the background is Paige Houston. The two are among 150 youths participating in Girls First, a weeklong summer sports camp for girls 6 to 16 that takes place each June on the Tulane uptown campus. The free residential camp provides sports and movement opportunities to underserved girls. Activities include instruction in swimming and dance, team sports, canoeing, cycling, bowling and tennis.
Jamilah Peters-Muhammed (aka Mama Jamilah) leads a group of 13- and 14-year-olds in African dance. The girls are camp counselors-in-training.
Instructor Meret Ryhiner encourages her students to form a tunnel by arching their bodies backwards.
Camper MiKayla Breaux learns the backstroke from Peggy Baldwin.
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