Sports Crusaders is all about mentoring

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Starting on Monday, July 16, a Sports Crusaders basketball camp will be held at the First Baptist Church Life Center in Cassville.

The camp will be run mainly by college students who volunteer their time to work at camps all across the country.

Sports Crusaders has been doing sports camps for 14 years, following the experience of founder Bobby Shows. After being involved for several years in church-based activities ministries, Shows saw the need for young kids to relate to college-aged kids, learning sport and life skills from their time together.

The Sports Crusaders camps have become so popular that this year there will be 221 camps in approximately 40 different communities in 10 states and two countries other than America.

Jeff Allee, First Baptist's recreation minister, will help administer the local event.

"I believe in Sports Crusaders," said Allee. "My own two sons went through the camps and are now serving as leaders in them around the state."

The camp runs from Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20. Camp sessions take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The camp is open to all area children who have competed kindergarten through sixth grades.

"We see kids come into camp a bit timid about their skill levels and about themselves, but when they leave camp, confidence has boosted, in part because the leaders believe in each child," said Allee.

For more information on the camp, call Allee at 846-0003. For additional information on Sports Crusaders camps visit the organization's website at

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