Good morning CyberForward Moms (and dads). I am a firm believer in sharing a good thing when I find it. This past weekend, I found something that is not just a good thing, but an AMAZING thing…
I found this little gem nestled in a small, quiet town in DuQuoin, Illinois. It had everything: beauty, clarity, sparkle and most importantly perfection. No, I’m not talking about a precious stone. I’m talking about over 70 precious limb-different “gems” that came from all over the U.S. to participate in the NubAbility Sports Camp.
Our 8-year-old, a congenital amputee on his left arm, had the opportunity to participate in the 3-day camp. I have to admit, I went to the camp with more hesitations than excitement. I thought, “I’m heading out on a 13 hour drive with my husband and son to some small town we had never heard of to participate in a camp that our son probably didn’t need since he does most anything already”. But something deep down kept telling me to try it out. So I did.
It didn’t take long to figure out why we were supposed to be in DuQuoin. Our son was surrounded by kids and coaches just like him. Sure, some kids had more limb-differences than our son, and some had less. However, everyone was the same. Suddenly, no one was defined by their differences. They were celebrated for being remarkable. Our kids were able to enter a world that was made just for them, mentored by coaches that were made just like them. Guards were down, confidence was up and spirits were raised all while giving God the glory…thanks to the founders Sam Kuhnert and his mom Jana.
Our son came away with a better attitude and a sense of pride. He definitely grew during the weekend, and looks forward to next year already!
If you have ever considered supporting a non-profit organization, please consider NubAbility Athletics. It’s a class-act camp that’s one big standing ovation for kids that deserve one every day of their life!