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July 26, 2001

WAVE Camp for Kids with
Disabilities Hits CSUS

Preteens and teens with disabilities are often unable to participate in typical summertime activities like swimming and water-skiing. That's why California State University, Sacramento will again put on a summer camp created especially for them, Monday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 3.

Twenty-four 10-19 year olds will attend the second Water Adventures in Varied Environments, or WAVE, Camp. From 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., on July 31 and Aug. 2 - 3, campers will hit the water at 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.

WAVE Camp at Lake NatomaWAVE Camp was created last summer by Scott Modell, professor of kinesiology at CSUS, to optimize fitness and social opportunities for young people with disabilities. "The camp provides preteens and teens with disabilities like spina bifida, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and muscular dystrophy lifelong skills and attitudes toward water activities," says Modell.

Under the supervision of CSUS students, community members and paid staff the campers will participate in numerous 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.

The camp is booked for this summer, but there is always next year. "There are eight kids on the waiting list," Modell said. "Next year we are planning to have two sessions because there has been so much interest."

More information is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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