A sports camp for youth who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind recently stopped by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus to enjoy a pair of exciting activities.
The UNO visit from Camp Abilities Nebraska began with the younger kids scaling the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation building's (HPER) rock wall, while the older teens learned hip hop dance moves in another room. Later, they switched so kids could enjoy both activities.
Dr. Mike Messerole, UNO Associate Professor and Assistant Director for the School of HPER, was involved in the camp's creation three years ago. Today, he says a large number of the camp counselors have ties to UNO.
Camp Abilities allows campers to explore sports and other recreational activities in a safe environment - regardless of how athletic they are.
The camp runs for one week each year and is open to youth ages 9-19.
Boys Town National Research Hospital and Outlook Nebraska, Inc. co-sponsor the camp with support from various other businesses and agencies.
For more information about the camp, click here.