One of Pueblo's best volunteer events for youngsters is up and running.
The annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes sports camp for youth is taking place at East High School and Praise Assembly Church.
The camp, which enters is 12th year, started Monday and is held from 8 a.m. to noon through Thursday. There are plenty of highlights.
"We have nine camps going on at one time," said Tim Brotherton, the Pueblo Director for FCA who coordinates the 50 or so volunteers. "The sports include football, baseball, baseball/softball, cheerleading, soccer, drama and karate.
"We'll meet each morning at the auditorium at Praise, get a bible verse every day, break off for camp and return later in the morning to announce camper of the day. We'll do that for four days."
A myriad of local coaches are making appearances at the camp including Colorado State University head football coach John Wristen, defensive coordinator Donnell Leomiti and offensive line coach Chris Symington. They, along with many other speakers, will provide 10-minute motivational speeches for campers.
Each day, campers will be involved in huddle groups, participate in activities and show off their talents in scrimmages.
Scholarships have been made available for nearly half of the 200 campers. Brotherton said there were 150 pre-registered campers and he expected up to 50 walk-ins.
"There are a lot of underprivaledged kids that take part in the camp," Brotherton said. "But we couldn't do it without all the volunteers because there are so many moving parts to this thing."
The FCA camp for high school-aged students will be held in Greeley in early July.
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