July 24, 2013
Annandale, Minnesota. (July 12, 2013) - University of Minnesota Gopher football players made a surprise appearance for campers and staff at Camp Friendship near Annandale, Minnesota on July 11.
Bringing new excitement to camp, the players set up various activities for campers such as flag football and an obstacle course. Ending the day on a high-note, campers received autographed “maroon & gold” t-shirts from the players.
Offensive lineman Jonah Pirsig first learned about camp from his sister Whitney, a counselor at Camp Friendship. Making the visit possible, it was her enthusiasm she shared with Jonah that got him wanting to volunteer his time.
“She always misses camp so much and talks about how much she loves the campers,” Pirsig said. “I think I have the same feeling she does, too.”
Throughout the summer the Camps of Courage & Friendship invites special guests and community leaders like the Minnesota Gophers football team to provide new entertainment and special activities for campers.
“It’s always great to see the community get involved with camp. We are excited to have a new relationship with Gopher Sports and look forward to building on it,” said Erin LaVine, camp activities coordinator.
Camps of Courage & Friendship, a nonprofit, privately-funded agency, enriches the lives of nearly 4,000 people with developmental or physical disabilities and special needs annually. Camp locations include Camp Friendship near Annandale, Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie, Camp New Hope near McGregor, Camp Courage near Maple Lake and Camp Courage North near Lake George. For more information visit www.CampsCourageFriendship.org or call 952-852-0101.
Written by Chelsey Larson
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