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WATE-TV: UT students go to camp to help kids with disabilities

More than 200 UT students are in Crossville, Tennessee, this week serving as counselors for kids with disabilities at Camp Koinonia, part of the Therpeutic Recreation program. Gene Hayes, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, started the camp 35 years ago hoping to give kids with severe disabilities the most typical summer camp experience possible.

Camp Koinonia: UT Students Spend Week Working with Kids with Disabilities

More than 200 UT students are spending this week helping children with disabilities at Camp Koinonia. The university’s Therapeutic Recreation program hosts the camp, which provides children with multiple disabilities with an outdoor, educational experience. More than 150 campers between the ages of 7 and 21 will participate in canoeing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, music and more.