July 18, 2002
Kids with disabilities get
double dose of CSUS water camp
More preteens and teens with disabilities
will get the chance to take part in the annual ritual of summer
camp when California State University, Sacramento's popular
WAVE Camp gets underway this month. The weeklong camp has
expanded to two sessions - one running July 22-26 and the
other July 29-Aug. 2.
WAVE, Water Adventures in Varied Environments, gives 10-19
year olds with disabilities like cerebral palsy, spinal cord
injury and spina bifida the opportunity to take part in a
traditional sleep-away summer camp. From 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.
and 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. campers will hit the water at three
locations: the CSUS Aquatic Center at Lake Natoma (1904 Hazel
Ave. in Rancho Cordova), on campus at the CSUS swimming pool
near the residence halls, and at Stillwater Ranch.
Under the supervision of trained staffers, mostly CSUS students,
the campers will participate in a variety of water sports
including swimming, water polo, sailing, water-skiing, kayaking
and canoeing. And like traditional camps, they'll have evening
activities such as skits and dances. At night, the campers
will stay in the residence halls at CSUS.
WAVE Camp was created three years ago by CSUS kinesiology
professor Scott Modell to increase fitness and social opportunities
for young people with disabilities. "The camp provides
preteens and teens who have disabilities with lifelong skills
and attitudes toward water activities," says Modell.
It's been such a hit that Modell added a second week of camp
this year to accommodate 24 additional campers.
More information is available by contacting the CSUS public
affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
For further information, send an e-mail
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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