Saturday, July 28, 2012

Summer Camp - How Sportsmanship is a Part of the Olympic Dream

CBS Celebrates Olympic Spirit with Kick Off of London Games
For former camper Adam Bull, the London Olympic Games (with 33 Texans representing the USA), hits especially close to home, having recently competed in the Olympic Trails in swimming. The Bull family has been a dedicated camp family, sending both Adam and sister, Lauren, to CBS for several years. As one of Adam’s biggest fan clubs, we have had the opportunity to watch his swimming career rise to the world stage. Adam currently holds the CBS record in the Ted 10 set in 2009 at 12 min. 38 sec. after having broken his own record from the previous year. At the Olympic Trails, where athletes vie to earn spots on the American team, Adam competed in the 400 IM, where he finished in 39th place, giving him incentives to look to future Olympics!

Adam’s success in the water is due to hard work, dedication and sportsmanship – lifelong skills we try to teach our kids at summer camp. For many Olympic athletes, summer camp was a special part of growing up, and some athletes go on to share stories about how they developed a passion for the sport that took them to the Olympics on sport courts, hiking trails, playing fields and lakes just like Lake Ted. 

At CBS, our mission is to change peoples' lives for the better through relationships, spiritual impact and fun and there is no better time to celebrate the spirit of respect and “sportsmanship” than the Olympic Games, which begin today. While we offer the traditional camp experience, teaching skills and values that will be with campers forever, we also strive to make competition fun, giving every camper a chance to compete in all of their favorite sports and activities.

Over the next two weeks, we will look for stories inspired by the summer camp experience, and join together to cheer on the USA team and especially our athletes from Texas!