July 12, 2007
On Wednesday, July 11th, red shirt sophomore defensive end, Everett Brown and senior cornerback, J.R. Bryant traveled to Port St. Joe, FL to spend some time with the Muscular Dystrophy Association campers. Both Brown and Bryant volunteered over six hours of their time on Wednesday to get to know the young people who are suffering from neuromuscular diseases.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association has dedicated one week every year since 1955, to young people suffering from varying neuromuscular diseases to give these children and young adults the week of a lifetime, at MDA Summer Camp. The camp is located at Cape San Blas in Port St. Joe and is designed to serve as a place where year-round skills are developed and the kids are able to be kids. The camp provides campers with an environment that is essentially designed for young people with limited mobility or use wheelchairs where barriers do not exist. Campers are encouraged to participate in activities such as swimming, baseball, boating, arts and crafts and talent shows.
When asked what they were looking to gain from this experience, Brown commented that he “just wants to make the campers feel normal and loved”. Brown also mentioned that he would take what he learned from his experience at MDA camp and “remind his teammates that it is a blessing to be able to play football and everyday isn’t guaranteed, and to always be grateful for the opportunities of being a student-athlete”.
Bryant added that he “thought it was important for people to be educated about this disease and not to put it on the back burner. Whether it was money or time, people in our society needed to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its mission to help our youth battle this disease”.