Professional golfer Jordan Spieth
gifts scholarships to 100 campers
SPRINGFIELD, MO (December 13, 2017) – Camp Barnabas received a major donation from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation. The generous gift will allow 100 campers with special needs and chronic illnesses the ability to experience a life-changing week at camp.
“The gift from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation is absolutely incredible,” says Krystal Simon, Chief Development Officer. “Because of their generosity, we get to say yes to more campers. We also get to say yes to the parents who champion for their kids tirelessly throughout the year, but for one single week, they get a chance to just breathe. To know that their children are safely and wonderfully cared for.”
On average 60% of camper families seek scholarship assistance and it is projected that nearly 70% will need financial help in 2018.
“The actual cost for a camper to attend Barnabas is close to $1,500, but we only ask families to cover $775,” says Krystal. “Even so, we never turn a family away due to financial hardship and work to provide a range of additional scholarships for families who couldn’t attend otherwise.”
Scholarship assistance is made possible through the generous donations Barnabas receives from donors and organizations such as the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation.
“Gifts like these helps us get to say ‘YES. Yes, you can. You can live a life of purpose. Our campers are loved. They are encouraged to try new things. They are reminded that they are wonderfully and perfectly created. It’s a week they’ll never forget.” Krystal Simon
Based in Southwest Missouri, Camp Barnabas is a non-profit charitable organization that includes two locations dedicated to providing life-changing experiences to individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses as well as their siblings. Each summer Barnabas serves approximately 2,000 campers and welcomes 2,400 missionaries. Over the past 24 years, Camp Barnabas has welcomed more than 75,000 campers and missionaries to camp. Barnabas exists to offer opportunities to all individuals, regardless of their disability or diagnosis, and to the people who serve them by providing social experiences that increase spiritual knowledge, social learning, and human dignity. In addition to camp, Barnabas also includes Barnabas Prep, a two-year faith-based collegiate program designed specifically for students with special needs. It is an independent living-learning experience that helps individuals recognize their strengths and potential and challenges them to grow into their best selves.
For more information about Camp Barnabas, visit www.CampBarnabas.org.