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It's A Wrap! 2018 Summer Camp Highlights

The ninth annual ICTC summer camp wrapped up at the end of July with a much-loved tradition of a water balloon fight at our carnival celebration. Over 1,000 water balloons were dispersed in less than an hour!

Carnival represents much of what ICTC provides for our campers: a safe place to have fun, engage with caring staff members, and celebrate their accomplishments. Families gathered together for food and fun while awards were distributed for both campers of the year and staff members of the year. This year, we honored the work of former director Brian Smallwood by naming the camper of the year award in his name.

Due to the generosity of two family sponsors of ICTC, we were able to send both campers of the year, as well as staff members of the year (along with our amazing camp director Charles Williams) to a night of Hamilton at Playhouse Square. We are so grateful for the opportunities given to us by our supporters!

With close to 300 kids registered, the camp averaged over 90 campers daily over the eight-week period. This year, we offered six components to our campers: tennis, fitness, wellness, literacy, poetry, and STEM.

Some of our 2018 highlights:

  • Our oldest and youngest campers visited the art museum on field trips.

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers redid two rooms at Thurgood Marshall, which included a renovated wellness room we used for yoga, and a new computer lab campers enjoyed.

  • Visitors to the camp included Chemical Bank’s team for a financial literacy workshop for our older campers.

  • Local Cleveland police officers visited camp to distribute ice cream to the kids or to pick up a game of tennis on the courts.

  • Students in literacy wrote Arthur Ashe competition essays and

worked on justice projects.

  • In creative expression, campers performed in slam poetry competitions.

  • The tennis program allowed students to form a small team to travel to Shaker Heights for a play day, and campers participated in our own tennis tournament.

  • Campers in our older groups learned about 3D design in the STEM program with guest lecturer Fatima Shabazz of Focus Minds, LLC.

  • We ended the camp with the traditional carnival celebration that included poetry, awards, and family gathering.

  • It was a great summer because of the generosity of donors like you- thank you!

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