Foundation Camp Balances Sports, Learning
The boys attending the 2013 Foundation Camp have fun and stay interested because co-directors Jon Hershey and Greg Shropshire plan just the right combination of sports, to expend some of the boundless energy boys seem to possess, and learning projects, which keep their curiosity piqued and their brains busy. It's a winning combination, as proven by the increasing numbers of campers every year.
So many extraordinary people contribute to the success of the venture because of their love for the boys who attend, the mission of the camp and their knowledge of many, many positive outcomes. Greg Shropshire of 100 Black Men of Northwest Georgia; Jon Hershey, dean of Humanities at GHC; and David Mathis, assistant athletic director, have worked together for years to provide the idea of possibilities, of worlds previously unimagined to boys whose lives have often lacked focus, direction and scope. For two weeks on the Floyd campus of Georgia Highlands, these boys learn about so many options available to them. They hear counselors and instructors talk about dreams that they have pursued and accomplished. They learn self-respect and self-discipline and camraderie.
Many of the camp counselors -- like Corey Pitts and Demaurius Morgan -- are former campers themselves. They return every year because they remember the guidance and direction they found here. And they want to pass it along to younger campers. Not only can the experience transform young lives, it builds a lasting legacy in the community by channeling boys' energy to positive, life-affirming choices. And those choices, in turn, impact their communities through their careers, their volunteer efforts and their educational aspirations.
Thanks to all volunteer instructors, the energetic counselors, GHC faculty and staff who contribute in countless ways and the Rome/Floyd County businesses who support these worthy efforts.
Campers learn how to use an iPad.
First time on the tennis courts.