Georgia Highlands College

GHC Foundation Camp Is a Tremendous Success

The 5th annual Foundation Camp for at-risk boys held on the Floyd campus of Georgia Highlands College was a tremendous success, with a record number of 92 campers in attendance.  The camp is offered annually through a partnership between GHC and the 100 Black Men of Rome/Northwest Georgia.  Boys aged 10 to 14 are eligible for two weeks of academics, athletics and cultural enrichment.  Breakfast and lunch are served every day and there is no cost to campers.  Transportation is provided within Rome.

The Foundation Camp grew out of the National Youth Sports Program, which Georgia Highlands hosted for more than 30 years.  When federal funding for that initiative was cut, GHC faculty members who had been involved in that program and leaders at the 100 Black Men of Rome joined together to keep the camp going.  NYSP provided a valuable experience to countless children, attested to by the fact that so many of its alumni returned as counselors or instructors.  

Because organizers had to solicit community members and businesses to support the new venture, the post-NYSP Foundation Camp started small.  Last year, however, the camp hosted 75 boys, and this year will see at least that many.  Campers will experience a wide range of sports - tennis, softball, canoeing and others - as well as classes on nutrition and etiquette.  

Interested parents and guardians may contact the following camp organizers to learn more:

David Mathis, lab coordinator in the Physical Education Department at the college, at 706-204-2202 or

Dr. Jon Hershey, professor of English, 706-368-7629 or

Greg Shropshire, vice president of 100 Black Men of Rome/Northwest Georgia, 706-857-8308.

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