I’ve had the privilege of getting involved at Heroes Camp this fall. Please take a minute to visit their website and learn about them in their own words: HEROES CAMP.
In my own words, Heroes Camp is a program for fatherless boys. There is ministry. There is basketball. There is acceptance. There is guidance. There is a safe place to be after school with healthy food, fellowship & support.
Pat & BJ Magley are the founders of Heroes Camp. They have a rich history in philanthropy, ministry, advocacy, not to mention Pat’s exceptional career as an athlete. They are hands-on administrators. Pat is on the court with the boys daily, teaching…& playing.
Boys are taught self-control, discipline and teamwork on the court. They are required to play with poise and respect. This is not a pick-up game at a park. This is a structured program where boys are taught lessons they would not learn at home. Lessons about appropriate behavior & appropriate appearance (pull your pants up!), all in a faith-based ministry setting.
They are taught to play hard and work hard. They are kids growing up without a father at home.
They are kids with problems. Problems my kids will never be able to even fathom. My kids complain about the snacks I give them after school They complain to their mother that’s there to open the door when they get off the bus. They complain about the food I set in front of them as I kiss the top of their heads. They complain that they’re “starving” when I make them wait to eat again until their father comes home for dinner. It’s easy here in Granger. My kids aren’t faced with real problems. My kids do not know real problems. My husband and I have worked very hard to achieve this lifestyle. But I made the choice to look outward. I choose to be involved in Heroes Camp.
Heroes Camp is a ministry program that uses sports, especially basketball, to reach out to young men who are dealing with everything from gangs and substance abuse, to hunger and fatherlessness.
GANGS. SUBSTANCE ABUSE. HUNGER. FATHERLESSNESS.
I have chosen to be involved with Heroes Camp. I enjoy being there. I like the vibe. This is not a mindless Goodwill donation dropoff. I have chosen for my involvement to be heartfelt and real, as opposed to out of pity and without thought. They do not need my pity or handouts. They need involvement and support. In addition to ongoing effort, I’m giving $50 to their current fundraising effort. They work hard achieving grant funding and community support. But in the next few weeks, they need straightforward monetary donations. They want to be able to employ a paid staff member. The goal is to receive 500 donations of $50. According to their facebook update on 12/10, they were 20% of the way there.
In addition to my personal donation, I’m offering $50 off a full-price session in 2012 to anyone that also gives $50 before 1/1/2012. You’ll receive an email receipt for your online donation. Just forward that receipt to me at firstname.lastname@example.org & commit to booking a 2012 session.