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OAKRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM VOLUNTEERS AT CAMP SUNSHINE

This past weekend, members of the Oakridge Public Schools Football team and staff volunteered at Camp Sunshine.

Camp Sunshine is located in Ottawa County and offers people ages 12-50 with mild to moderate cognitive impairments the opportunity to attend summer camp in a safe, caring and inclusive environment (per Camp Sunshine official website).

Head Varsity Football Coach, Cary Harger, along with members from his football team and staff visited the camp to volunteer for a day. Student-athletes and staff members were able to assist camp-goers through an obstacle course. “The guys left camp drenched in sweat from working so hard to make sure every camper traveled safely through their obstacle course,” said Coach Harger. “It was really something to see everyone (my student-athletes and campers and staff members) ALL working together to achieve their goal. Everyone worked as a team and put their trust in each other to have fun.”

The team spent a couple hours at camp on Saturday helping camp-goers work through a tire swing course, walk across a low ropes course and a rope swing. “At first, everyone was a little nervous trying to figure out how to work together,” continued Harger. “But before long, everyone was smiling and having a really great time! The support for the campers that was shown by the players was awesome. They really helped make the campers’ experience memorable.”

“We’ve had staff from Oakridge Public Schools volunteer at Camp Sunshine over the years,” says Tom Livezey, Superintendent. “We’ve also seen fundraising events like the Run for Sun to actually being camp leaders. It’s tremendous to see students, athletes, staff, and community members develop new friends and make each one of them feel loved and accepted!”

To learn more about Camp Sunshine, visit www.campsunshine.info

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