Camp Shriver - where children can learn and play... as equals!
I began running in high school and running the Boston Marathon has been on my bucket list since then. Over the past few years, I have lived on the course, cheered on the runners, and became friends with people directly affected by the 2013 bombing. All of these factors have only further fueled my motivation. In 2020, I am finally fulfilling this dream! I will be running and fundraising for Camp Shriver, a summer sports-based camp that includes children with and without disabilities, as well as children who cannot typically afford to attend summer camps.
As a child, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunities to attend day camps, sports camps, and overnight camps, all of which provided me with skills and friendships that I will have my entire life and shaped the person I have become. My current job as a school psychologist means supporting and promoting inclusion for kids with disabilities, as well as kids from various socioeconomic backgrounds. I always worry about what many of my students will do over the summer, and the truth is, many are not able to have positive camp experiences like I was, due to either mental, social/emotional, or economic challenges. Some of my students are faced with all these barriers. Children with disabilities and various socioeconomic backgrounds are now included in our schools, but it is so important that they are able to be included, feel confidence, and experience the joy of being a valued member of society no matter where they are.
At Camp Shriver, inclusion means that every camper can learn and play together--every time and at every activity!
That's why since 2006, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed children, 50% with and 50% without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer recreational camp.
Camp Shriver serves an equal number of children with and without disabilities so that all children can play and learn—as equals.
All the funds raised by our fantastic Team Camp Shriver members will directly support over 150 children at camp this summer or in our school year program, Saturday Camp.
With your support, as I run 26.2 miles for children with disabilities, we will make sure that all children have an opportunity to play and learn together this summer! Every little bit counts – I appreciate your support as I run 26.2 miles in the city that means the world to me, for the children that mean even more.