The National Inclusion Project is partnering once again with Stonehill College to support Camp Shriver at the College for its 2015 session. The camp, which will be held for the third straight summer on campus, embodies the National Inclusion Project’s Let’s ALL Play initiative, which seeks to allow children with and without disabilities to enjoy successful recreational experiences in an inclusive setting.
Stonehill is one of the select organizations throughout the country that the National Inclusion Project has chosen to partner with this year. “We believe our partnership with Stonehill will get us one step closer to making the inclusion of children with disabilities the expectation and not the exception,” says Jerry Aiken, National Inclusion Project Executive Director.
Camp Shriver is scheduled to run July 6-July 31 this summer and will once again be open to Brockton area children ages 8-12 with and without disabilities. 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 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.
Research shows overwhelming evidence that the Let’s ALL Play model helps children with disabilities improve self-esteem, social skills and confidence, while those without disabilities improved their leadership, problem solving and empathy skills. The model makes it possible for all children to come together, and participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more. More importantly, it allows children with and without disabilities to create friendships that may have not been possible in other parts of their life.
“Plans are underway for another exciting year at Camp Shriver at Stonehill College and we are once again so very grateful to the National Inclusion Project for their continued support”, says Kathy McNamara, faculty director of Camp Shriver and Education Department Chair at Stonehill. “Though it is hard to believe with all of this snow, camp begins in four months! We are excited to connect with old campers and introduce now ones to our program,” says Kathy McNamara, faculty director of Camp Shriver and Education Department Chair at Stonehill.
For more information about Camp Shriver, visit here.
About the National Inclusion Project:
The National Inclusion Project was co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken and serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. By driving the movement for social inclusion in after school programs, summer camps, and community based activities, children of all abilities learn, play and laugh together. Over the last twelve years, the Project has provided training, curriculum, and support to YMCAs, JCCs, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4H, CampFire USA, Kids Museums, Zoos and other community organizations looking to become inclusive or enhance their inclusive programs. 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 Camp Shriver at Stonehill:
Camp Shriver’s mission is to bring children with and without disabilities together to provide opportunities for social and motor development, while promoting positive peer relationships among campers. Camp Shriver uses a very specific model to support children with and without disabilities and ensure that all children have an opportunity to successfully engage in physical activity. This model, developed by the Center for Social Development and Education at UMass Boston, ensures that we provide opportunities for social and motor development by implementing inclusive motor development instruction within a supportive team structure. 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 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.