Sports to cure summertime boredom

A church gets kids involved and active this summer through sports.

By Marqui Mapp
Monday, July 07, 2008 at 3:54 p.m.

ISHPEMING -- Getting active is an understatement at the Good News Assembly of God's third annual Mega Sports Camp in Ishpeming.

At just $5 a week, kids can learn basketball, cheerleading, soccer, volleyball or even football from 9 a.m. to noon this week, but many see it as a two-for-one deal.

"It's a good way to learn about Jesus and get some exercise,” said 11-year-old soccer participant Jesse Laurin.

The camp has now hit a record high of over 200 kindergarten through sixth graders participating this year. The pastor overseeing the camp, Robby Gitzel, says the growth is also due to the lack of summertime activities for children. "It's a way for kids to come out and learn a sport and get them involved in doing something besides sleeping at home."

The children agree wholeheartedly.

"It's really cool because sometimes people just don't know what to do. They just sit around at their house, and that's what I used to do before I started the Mega Sports Camp,” said three-time participant, Lacora Bluebird-Roy, age 10.

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