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What do five time Olympic gold medalist speed skater and Evangelical Friends Church (EFC) Newport have in common? Both believe that there is something “Beyond the Gold” of medals and fame! In the coming weeks, coaches and instructors at the EFC Newport Sports Camp will focus on this important lesson of striving beyond the gold, learning the disciplines of teamwork, perseverance, respect, sacrifice and strategy. Scheduled for July 22-26 at EFC Newport, RI the one week, half-day camp will provide coaching and teaching to nearly 80 local children.
In it’s sixth year at EFC Newport, the sports program is open to the community. A trained coaching team from Uncharted Water (UW) Sports Ministry of South Carolina will work with children from across Newport Count in sports mastery, combined with Bible stories featuring a positive message. This year cheer, soccer, basketball and a preschool Team 45 program will be offered.
“The coaching team from UW Sports Ministry does a great job combining sports lessons with Bible stories, sharing the good news about Jesus, and connecting it all with real-life stories of professional athletes and the disciplines they have used to be successful. This year’s theme, “Beyond the Gold,” is rooted in Corinthians 9:24-25,” explained Pastor Paul Hoffman. “The focus of camp is teaching kids how to look beyond the gold, recognizing the journey is as important as the destination. Not everyone who tries for the gold medal wins, but all leaning into a relationship with Jesus gain inspiration and faith to sustain them. It’s a lifelong lesson our children are learning at an early age.”
Each morning the children are engaged in a sports activity, a Bible lesson, songs and snacks. The fee of $40 per child includes a camp t-shirt, collector’s pin, snacks and daily take-home Bible studies. Scholarships are available upon request. In addition to the UW coaching team, parents and staff assist, as well as teen graduates of the program. It’s a tremendously fun and fruitful time as a community feeding into the children of Newport County.