Students from the Georgetown University School of Medicine led a sports camp for nearly 50 youth living at the DC General Family Shelter July 28-August 1.
The HoyaMed Summer Sports Camp, held at RFK Stadium for children aged 5 to 13, showed the campers they can have fun while being active outdoors and eating nutritious snacks, says Molly Warren (M’17), volunteer coordinator for the camp.
Activities throughout the week included kickball, tag, soccer, flag football, track and field races, dance competitions, an RFK Stadium tour and a chance to watch a practice session of Washington’s professional soccer team, D.C. United.
The HoyaMed camp started last summer and relies heavily on support from others, both within Georgetown and D.C.
Hoya Clinic, a student-run medical clinic at DC General, furnishes transportation, medical supplies and equipment to the camp staff. Georgetown’s Dahlgren Memorial Library provides t-shirts for the counselors and campers, promotional flyers and a banner, and Georgetown’s Yates Field House supplies sports equipment. Eileen Moore, MD, faculty leader for the HoyaMed Summer Sports Camp and co-medical director of Hoya Clinic, helped students organize the camp.
D.C. United gave the camp’s staff access to their facilities for ice and water, gave each camper a new soccer ball and donated tickets for the families to attend an upcoming game through their Kicks for Kids program. Every camper received a medal for their participation courtesy of Washington Trophy.
“The contributions of these generous departments and organizations allow medical students to give back to the community and show that not only does Georgetown School of Medicine believe in the care of the whole person, as in cura personalis, but Georgetown truly cares about the whole community,” says Matt Baer (M’17), a co-director of this year’s camp.
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