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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.

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