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College Athletes Spend Week in St. Joseph for Summer Camp

<P dir=ltr>Eleven college athletes across the Midwest are volunteering to coach kids in sports as well as offering spiritual guidance at McCarthy Baptist Church.</P>

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Summer camps are everywhere this time of year.

One camp in St. Joseph is connecting kids with college athletes through faith.

At McCarthy Baptist Church, young athletes are brushing up on their basketball skills and other sports. But, the camp is about more than competing.

"Sports is a way to teach life values, and spiritual values, spiritual truth," said Dan McLaughlin, McCarthy Baptist Church.

Eleven college athletes across the Midwest are volunteering to coach kids in sports as well as offering spiritual guidance.

"It's all about these kids and how we can serve them. So, every week might be a different home and a different bed to sleep in, but ultimately it's about the kids," said Rachel Duty, instructor.

The athletes travel to eight different towns to coach summer camps and to stay with host families within the community.

The camps in St. Joseph this week include basketball, cheerleading and soccer.

"It's putting the love of Christ in missions with soccer, which is my favortie sport, and kids together. So it's ultimately the best summer you can have with sports, and kids, and loving them for christ," added Duty.

The camp is offered to kids entering kindergarten to sixth grade. Each day there is a 30 minute half time where the coaches tell the kids about bible verses and learn about god.

The college athletes will also speak at children's studies night and at a youth group this Wednesday.

The camp runs every day this week from 9 am to 11am. The cost is $25, which includes lunch.

Contact McCarthy Baptist Church to sign up for the camp.

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