The National Inclusion Project is partnering for a second year with Stonehill College to support Camp Shriver at Stonehill during its 2014 session.
As part of this ongoing partnership, the National Inclusion Project provides Let’s ALL Play training and expertise, as well as a partnership award to support Camp Shriver at Stonehill.
Camp Shriver is scheduled to begin on July 7, 2014 and will once again be open to Brockton area children ages 8-12 with and without disabilities. For more information on this year’s camp program, including how to apply, visit here.
The camp embodies the National Inclusion Project’s Let’s ALL Play initiative, which seeks to allow children with disabilities to enjoy successful recreational experiences in an inclusive setting. In 2008, the Project enlisted the services of The Center for Social Development and Education (CSDE) at the University of Massachusetts-Boston to assess the implementation of Let’s ALL Play. Overwhelming evidence showed that children with disabilities improved self-esteem, social skills, confidence to participate, along with sport and motor skills. Children of all abilities developed friendships with each other.
The four-week camp, originally conceived by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1962, first came to Stonehill in the summer of 2013 and provided 58 children with a free all-inclusive summer sports camp experience thanks to the generosity of Camp Shriver donors as well as assistance from the National Inclusion Project and UMass Boston’s CSDE.
“We are thrilled to be working with the National Inclusion Project once again and we look forward to building on the success of last summer’s inaugural Camp Shriver at Stonehill. Watching the campers grow in confidence and ability as they enjoy themselves and make new friends is terrific. The campus is a wonderful and spacious location for Camp Shriver. Our education students serve as Camp Counselors and they do an excellent job mentoring and supporting campers,” says Kathy McNamara, faculty director of Camp Shriver and Education Department Chair at Stonehill.
The National Inclusion Project was co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken, and works to bridge the gap between young people with disabilities and the world around them by opening doors for all children to be included together, primarily through training to make recreational programs, after school programs, summer camps and classroom activities inclusive for all children. Its Let’s ALL Play program is a research-validated national model funded by the Project that brings an inclusive recreational experience to children with disabilities by giving them the same experience as children without disabilities.
In 2014, the Project is partnering with 93 recreational programs in 36 states. Teaming with Stonehill is another exciting step toward its goal of full inclusion.
“We feel that working with Stonehill will help us further our mission to open doors in communities nationwide for children with disabilities to experience everything life has to offer,” says Jerry Aiken, executive director of the National Inclusion Project.
To read a feature story by the Boston Globe about the success of last summer’s Camp Shriver at Stonehill, visit here.
About Camp Shriver
Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor as well as social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends. Campers receive instruction in a variety of sports (including soccer, basketball and swimming), as well as participate in creative experiences (including arts, crafts and games).
About the National Inclusion Project
The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. They partner with communities and programs to teach others how to be inclusive so that kids with and without disabilities can experience life- long benefits. By driving the movement for social inclusion in after school programs, summer camps, and in the classroom, children of all abilities learn, play and serve together. To date, the Project has partnered with over 200 programs nationally and has impacted over 50,000 children. For more information on the National Inclusion Project and to help ensure no child sits on the sidelines visit their website at www.inclusionproject.org.
About Stonehill College
Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.