Every year, 2.5 million children experience homelessness in the United States. Activities like sports can provide a chance at stability and offer an opportunity to build skills. With the help of volunteers, and generous donors from the Dickinson Cameron (DCC) construction community, we were able to provide exposure to basketball training in addition to special gifts for theirs to keep.
This holiday season, DCC’s Shoot to Dream program provided a free, day camp for children who are unhoused. The camp is organized and run by DCC volunteers, and it relies on donations to cover the costs of coaches, supplies, and meals.
The goal of the camp is to provide a fun and safe environment for kids to be active, make new friends, and learn some basketball skills. But more importantly, it’s a chance for these kids to feel valued and respected. For many of them, this is the first time they’ve ever been to a camp or given special attention outside of their home life.
The event is always a huge success, with kids leaving feeling happy and proud of themselves. It’s clear that Shoot to Dream is making a real difference in the lives of these children, and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the future.
How You Can Get Involved
If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, consider supporting the Shoot to Dream. The camp provides free sports camps for children and teens in need in the San Diego area.
You can get involved by donating to the camp, volunteering your time, or spreading the word about our work. Every little bit helps!
What We Did in 2022
The event details for the basketball camp are as follows:
– The camp took place from from 2Pm to 6Pm at the Monarch School in downtown San Diego.
– Over 60 kids and adolescents participated grades 2 through 12.
– Each participant received a free t-shirt, pizza, snacks and drinks, a regulation size basketball, and Adidas backpack.
– The camp will teach basic skills such as dribbling, shooting, and passing.
This camp is an opportunity for these kids to not only learn about basketball, but also to feel like they belong somewhere. The goal of the camp is not only to teach them about the game of basketball, but also to give them a sense of community and belonging. We hope to give these kids hope for the future. And judging by the smiles on their faces, it seems to be working.
For more information, visit our Shoot to Dream page.