Wheelchair camp turns 25

Twenty-five years, hundreds of kids

Ability First! Youth Sports Camp—an annual, weeklong sports camp for disabled youth held at Chico State—is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week (June 19-25), when 35 kids will spend the days participating in sports, recreation and educational activities, according to a campus press release.

Kids ages 8 to 17 from California, Nevada and Oregon will stay in a campus residence hall and participate in wheelchair basketball, tennis, soccer, rugby, aquatics, waterskiing and rock climbing. Day- and night-shift counselors assist campers in all activities, including evening social activities, such as a scavenger hunt, karaoke and skits. This year, the camp centers on a “super heroes” theme, and has expanded its activities to include golf and a rope course.

Counselors are primarily students enrolled in the Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Physical Education programs at the university, and have been trained to work in a residential camp setting. For more information, contact the camp office at 588-0335.