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For Immediate Release
June 17, 2013

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Brockport Helps Launch Camp Abilities in Finland

Professor, students team to bring sports camp for children with visual impairments to Helsinki

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Press Release Photo Carissa Cromwell instructs children at Camp Abilities Finland.

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BROCKPORT, NY—Camp Abilities Brockport, a one-week developmental sports camp for children with visual impairments, launched at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. And its influence now extends far beyond Western New York.

Camp Abilities sports camps now take place all across the United States and the world. And just last week, Camp Abilities founder and Brockport Distinguished Service Professor Lauren Lieberman and five Brockport students were on-site to facilitate the launch of Camp Abilities Finland in Helsinki.

Not only were they able to help ensure a successful launch of Camp Abilities Finland, but it provided Brockport students with an invaluable international education opportunity. Carissa Cromwell, a senior majoring in adapted physical education, says it gave her a perfect opportunity to put into practice the skills she has learned in the classroom.

“I was able to use instructional strategies like tactile modeling, which I learned at Brockport,” Cromwell said. “For example, in beep baseball the athletes needed to duck if the ball was coming at their heads. I placed my hands over my head and squatted down. I then took the athletes’ hand and had her feel how my hands covered my entire head for protection and she then felt my knees to see how to squat.”

Cromwell and the other Brockport students served as camp counselors and sport leaders, teaching the various sports and the skills associated with them. Lieberman helped coordinate camp logistics.

The experience, Cromwell says, is one she’ll never forget.

“Every time I work with people who are disabled, I see their faces light up with joy because they are having fun and they are learning things that maybe someone once told them they could never do,” she said. “My passion for what we did in Finland will never die. I loved every minute and can’t wait to do it for the rest of my life.”

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