Special Olympics Delaware athletes and more than 35 volunteers will attend the 13th annual Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camp, held at Camp Barnes in Frankford.
Summer camp is one of the most anticipated events of the year for Special Olympics athletes of all ages and abilities. Campers, who travel from all areas of the state to attend, participate in several traditional camp activities — fishing, canoeing, swimming and crafts, just to name a few — while enjoying the opportunity to reacquaint with and meet new friends during the three-day, two-night camp experience.
For the third consecutive year, 25 high school students are volunteering as counselors as part of Special Olympics Delaware's Project UNIFY initiative. Students take on leadership roles in creating a fun, positive and welcoming environment that develops camaraderie, teamwork and friendship among everyone in attendance.
Special Olympics Project UNIFY®, in its fifth year, is an education-based project that uses sports and leadership programs to activate young people to develop school communities where all youth are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities.
"Project UNIFY summer camp is about three amazing days where students interact with Special Olympics athletes in an inclusive setting to enjoy a traditional camp experience together," said Kylie Melvin, Project UNIFY coordinator. "The students develop a greater understanding and appreciation of their peers with disabilities, and it serves as a tremendous lesson that all people are more alike than different."