Kelser Camp Makes Measurable Impact on 100 Students

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Judging from what the students learned at this year’s Greg Kelser “Shoot for your Goals” basketball camp, it was a slam dunk!

The 100 students who took part in the camp July 10-14 at Cass Tech High School learned about setting goals, the importance of having a positive attitude on the basketball court and in the classroom, standing up for his or her values, and the proper mixture of sports and academics. The Kelser camp was sponsored by Lear Corp. and held in partnership with Winning Futures.

Polled at the end of the camp, the students reported on what they learned:

  • 98 percent said they now have a better understanding of the importance of a positive attitude.
  • 95 percent said Winning Futures helped them improve their self-confidence.
  • 93 percent could identify three things they will do to improve academically in the upcoming school year.

Winning Futures thanks the 130 business professionals who volunteered over 350 hours at the camp. The camp is an integral part of Winning Futures’ mission to be an exemplary business-education partnership that inspires and prepares young people to be self-reliant and successful through life skills, strategic planning, mentoring, and scholarship programs.

One student summed up the impact the camp’s volunteers had on the children:

“I enjoyed that the mentors in the classroom taught us how to be better in life and in school. I really enjoy the classroom portion every year.” said Maliyah.

The camp also has made an enormous impact on the Winning Futures staff. For Bryan L. Howard Sr., program facilitator at Winning Futures, part of his joy is watching the students grow each day of the camp.

“I’m really honored … that Winning Futures has given me this camp. It’s the highlight of my summer.”