500 Lafayette-area kids got off the couch for five weeks ofskill building with the Purdue Athletes Life Success or "PALS"Program.
Children got the chance to participate in a number of differentathletic, educational, and artistic activities in order to broadentheir potential.
PALS' ninth year brought in a record number of Lafayette SchoolCorporation kids between the ages of 8 and 14 who qualify for freeand reduced lunch. The camp's activities included: Zumba dancing,writing, violin lessons, and serving donuts at the retirementhome.
Camp councelor Emma Mulvihill said it was a good chance forchildren to learn valuable, if not, life-saving skills.
"A lot of the kids don't have any swimming background at all. Imean there's a lot that sit on the wall, are scared to get in. Andit's great, it's a great opportunity to coax them into the water,"Mulvihill said.
Assistant Camp Director Kim Lehman wanted to stress theimportant message of determination and a belief in one's self.
"We want them to know that nothing is out of they're range. Theycan be here, we've had some kids that started with us when theywere 8 years old, and now they're at Purdue going to school. Theycan do anything they want if they just set their mind toit.," she told us.
Sneha Rani, a councilor in charge of the musical education partof camp recalled the emotional impact the experience had on thechildren.
"Some of these kids when they first come to camp they're rowdy,they're all really aggressive, but when they leave they're reallysad. They cry because they don't want to leave. I can tell you thatthey've been affected by us."
The highlight of the camp came when Super Bowl MVP and formerBoilermaker quarterback Drew Brees visited the campers.
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