We had an amazing week at Grit Camp with 17 counselors and 47 campers for our first week at Jacksonville University! Be sure to check out the video below to see a recap of our first week. We had incredible weather and played tons of sports and activities ranging from soccer, basketball, kickball, pickleball, dodgeball, hoop jam, swimming, cornhole, volleyball, and football. Additionally, campers completed the Grit Combine which is comprised of 10 events including the 40 yard dash, max pushups and sit ups, long jump, vertical jump, and 5 other events. Campers enjoyed an all-you-can cafeteria lunch at the JU cafeteria, were inspired by the movie 'Blue Miracle', and heard from several D1 athletes as well as local veteran Mike Galloucis Sr. We had several campers that learned and recited this summer's quote 'The Man in the Arena' in order to earn their very own Grit Camp fanny pack worn by Grit Camp counselors.
The Grit University interns started each day with an early morning workout, ran camp during the day, and spent the afternoons marketing and selling corporate sponsorships that provide a financial assistance program for Grit Camp. In addition to their nightly reading and journaling sessions, interns are also networking in order to find guest speakers for the camp experience.
We are off to a great start and excited for the many lives we will change this summer!