On Tuesday, the Ottawa Senators Foundation announced that for the second consecutive year uOttawa’s Gee-Gees Summer Camps are among the 25 community organizations from eastern Ontario and western Quebec that will receive funding through the 2018 SENS Campership Program.
The funding from the foundation will provide opportunity to children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford the chance to participate in camps. Through the Gee-Gees Summer Camps, the children will learn, be active, and create lasting memories that a fulfilling summer camp experience can provide. Last year, the fund helped send 58 children to camp throughout the nine weeks.
Present at the announcement was Alfredo Cruz, one of last year’s campers that was supported by the fund. Cruz, who was accompanied by camp leader Gab Chauvin, was able to meet Senators players, see inside an NHL rink for the first time, and spread his story of benefiting from the foundation’s support.
This support will enhance the existing Send a Kid to Camp program, a uOttawa Employee Giving campaign initiative which has supported the placement of more than 190 children in Gee-Gees Summer Camps over the past six summers.
“We are proud to be supported by the Ottawa Senators Foundation again this year,” said Paul Ausman, Program Coordinator for Camps at uOttawa Sports Services. “We are glad to have fostered a positive relationship with the Ottawa Senators Foundation and are pleased to see it pay off with the campers. Last year, their support made a big impact and we look forward to welcoming more kids from our community for a valuable camp experience this summer.”
Gee-Gees Summer Camps give children and youth 5 to 17 years old the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and activities. The uOttawa campus is a welcoming and bilingual learning place and each Gee-Gees camp is specialized by sport, which allows the participants to fulfill their potential in small groups according to their age and skill level.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to experience summer camp. Facing fears, trying new things, pushing boundaries and developing self-confidence are the types of important life skills that all children need to be successful,” said Danielle Robinson, president, and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation.
Visit the Camps section of the Gee-Gees website to know more about the programming offered this summer.