Jordan Spieth has been making a big impact on the course during his short, yet storied career, but it was his work off of the course that made headlines this week. The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation made a sizable contribution to a camp for kids special needs or chronic illnesses.
.@CampBarnabas receives ‘major’ donation from pro golfer @JordanSpieth! Gift will send 100 kiddos w/disabilities to summer camp! Story: https://t.co/ifnDx1FkWQ
— JackieRehwaldNL (@JackieRehwaldNL) December 14, 2017
Jackie Rehwald of the Springfield News-Leader had more information on the donation.
Camp Barnabas received a major donation from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation — a generous gift that will allow 100 campers with special needs and chronic illnesses the ability to experience a life-changing week at camp, a news release said.
“The gift from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation is absolutely incredible,” Krystal Simon, Camp Barnabas chief development officer, said in the release. “Because of their generosity, we get to say yes to more campers. We also get to say yes to the parents who champion for their kids tirelessly throughout the year, but for one single week they get a chance to just breathe. To know that their children are safely and wonderfully cared for.”
On average, 60 percent of camper families seek scholarship assistance and it is projected that nearly 70 percent will need financial help in 2018.
“The actual cost for a camper to attend Barnabas is close to $1,500, but we only ask families to cover $775,” Simon said in the release. “Even so, we never turn a family away due to financial hardship and work to provide a range of additional scholarships for families who couldn’t attend otherwise.”
Scholarship assistance is made possible through the generous donations Barnabas receives from donors and organizations such as the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation.
“Gifts like these helps us get to say ‘Yes. Yes, you can. You can live a life of purpose,’” Simon said. “Our campers are loved. They are encouraged to try new things. They are reminded that they are wonderfully and perfectly created. It’s a week they’ll never forget.”
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