“Sport has the power to change the world,” Mandela said. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
This summer I worked as a head counselor at a sports camp on the upper east side. Parents paid about $6,000 for each of their kids to have an incredible summer. The sports ranged from soccer to karate, basketball, tennis, and baseball. There were also creative classes like music and movement, and art. We went on field trips every week. I was accountable for every child’s safety, but I was also responsible for teaching kids manners, encouraging them never to give up if they missed a shot, encouraging them to take initiative on the field or court and to try harder. My job was to teach teamwork and sportsmanship: qualities that would guide them as they entered Kindergarten and made new friends. I love those kids!
But everyday I thought of the beautiful children in Ecuador… Every day my heart beat faster thinking that I will be able to share this same excitement and love for sports with children whose parents don’t have $6,000 for a camp, but who deserve the same experience!
Ironically, my last day of camp on the upper east side my cousin in Ecuador sent me the following video from outside her home in Guayaquil…
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