At the Carrie Tinley Hospital Foundation, there is nothing that warms our hearts more than seeing the patients of Carrie Tingley Hospital have a lot of fun. That is exactly what happened at the San Juan College Health and Human Performance Center this past July.
Camp Destination Inspiration is the first ever, fully adaptive sports camp for children with disabilities in San Juan County, NM. The camp was funded by the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, and organized by contractors and volunteers from San Juan County, including Maygen Carey, of Witten’s Warriors, a local organization that supports the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. Camp activities included hand-cycling, wheelchair basketball, archery and adaptive rock climbing.
There were 11 children with physical disabilities who attended the camp, along with 25 volunteers, who were mostly Physical Therapy Students from San Juan College.
“The community stepped up and really got behind this camp. Thanks to everyone that put their hearts and energy into this camp, and a special thanks to the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation form making this camp possible.”- Katie Ashley, Camp Director
The Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation identified a need for an adaptive sports camp in the San Juan County area through data provided from Carrie Tingley Hospital which indicates that a significant number of children and families that receive services at the hospital reside in San Juan County. Follow-up discussions with parents and members of the community confirmed that there was significant interest in such a camp.
The Carrie Tingly Hospital Foundation is planning a series of adaptive clinic in San Juan County including an Aquatics Day, a Dance Day and a Rock Climbing Day. Plans from Camp Destination Inspiration are already underway for 2017!