Reporter: Sheldon Andrew
Durham College gives back to local children by providing them with the opportunity to enjoy their summer playing the sports they love at the DC Summer Kids Sports Camp.
The camp launched in the summer of 1987.
It started with two separate weeks of basketball.
Over time, the camp has expanded with more sports to choose from such as soccer, badminton, and elite volleyball.
Because of the summer camp’s growth, it offers a number of weeks a child can register for.
Durham College started the camp to form an entity that would use the available and unused hours in the college athletic center.
Ken Babcock, athletic director of the Campus Recreation & Wellness Centre at Durham & UOIT, says the summer sports camp was started to raise money for the college.
The DC summer kids sports camp is a very reputable camp in the Durham region, according to Babcock.
“The ability to attend a sports camp at the best facilities in Durham region, fully air conditioned, and a wide variety of programming opportunities, has led to the camps receiving gold status recognition in the recent Oshawa This Week Readers Choice Awards in 2013,” says Babcock.
It is very important to Durham College to connect with the community.
One of the reasons for the camp’s existence is to have a positive impact on the children of Durham.
“Young children doing positive things, learning and experiencing the great facilities Durham College provides is what’s important to the college,” says Babcock.
Durham College gains $60,000 – $75,000 yearly in revenue based on the camp’s enrolment numbers and what sports program the children register for, according to Babcock.