Fearless Youth Sports Camp Inspires Kids

Sports are a great way to help vulnerable kids overcome adversity, especially in the Philippines where culture celebrates athletic achievement. So when ER Asia wanted to pour into kids living at children’s homes and struggling communities, the Fearless Youth Sports Camp was born.

After months of planning, ER’s Jason Chappell, staff and volunteers launched the camp Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in the town of Rizal Laguna. An ER donor covered the costs for 50 kids to attend. The kids came from the Manila Children’s Home and two other children’s homes that belong to the MCH Network.

The children were able to play several sports, including basketball, soccer, volleyball and swimming. Their schedule also included team-building, memorization, hot meals, small groups and free time.

“My hope was to hold a sports camp and teach the kids the connection between playing sports and the discipline required to participate in them,” Jason shared. “The kids had fun and learned a lot.”

“The sports camp was successful for the youth. They met other people in the network. I believe it will grow over time.”

One of the volunteers, Lois Benavidez, said the camp paved the way for kids improve their ability to build new relationships and also will help them bring a sense of discipline back to their respective communities.

ER Asia is planning to repeat the Fearless Youth Sports Camp in 2019. A volunteer team from the U.S. is tentatively scheduled to travel to Manila May 6-10. Manila area volunteers and sponsors are needed.

Interested in getting involved with our sports camp outreaches? Email ER OVC Coordinator Jessica Sanders at jsanders@extremeresponse.org.

Learn more about ER’s Orphans & Vulnerable Children’s initiative here.

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