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NMSU camp to help disabled children

The New Mexico State University Adapted Physical Education Program will host the Second Annual Lion's Survivor Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 1-5 at the Activity Center.

p, which is sponsored by the Las Cruces Sunrise Lion's Club, was established to give children who are deaf or hard of hearing a chance to participate in a developmentally appropriate camp that will help improve their motor skills and recreational enjoyment.

"We basically want to offer activity options to children ages 5 to 13 years old with disabilities," said Scott Pedersen, assistant professor in the physical education, recreation and dance department. "We want to encourage these children to enroll and to show the community there is a need for programs like this."

The program will consist of activities in the pool, gym and dance areas, and at NMSU's Rockwall, a climbing wall. These activities are designed to improve balance, agility and cardiovascular strength.

Lunch will be provided each day. At the end of each day of the camp, campers will participate in the "Survivor Challenge," which will test the skills they have learned that day. The challenge will include prizes from local businesses.

The camp gives NMSU students majoring in physical education the opportunity to be trained in the area of adapted physical education as part of their professional preparation. Along with the camp, they will be required to participate in a two-day intensive training program to promote their ability to communicate effectively using American Sign Language.

Pedersen hopes to be able to expand the camp in the future to include children with all kinds of disabilities as well as those without disabilities to integrate them together.

Campers who sign up before May 1 will be given a special early bird rate of $30 for the week-long camp. Those who sign up after May 1 will pay $50.

For more information call Pedersen at (505) 646-2071. For a registration form, visit http://education.nmsu.edu/nmsuape and download the camp brochure.