2020 PartnerSports Camp to be replaced with celebratory parade, ceremony

May 20, 2020 - The Douglas Education Service District and the YMCA of Douglas County are working together to provide a special celebration this summer for what would have been the 15th year of PartnerSports Camp in Douglas County.

PartnerSports Camp is a two-week event that pairs campers with disabilities with partners without disabilities for a fun-filled learning experience featuring various sports like tennis, basketball and swimming, along with traditional activities such as hiking, fishing, crafts and campfire cooking. Due to COVID-19, this year’s camp, which would have been held in July, has been canceled.

“The camp has provided a free opportunity for kids with and without disabilities, ages 12 -21, for the past 14 years to come together each summer and celebrate each other while developing skills and promoting healthy lifestyles,” said Bryan Hinson, Douglas ESD special education administrator. “Sadly, under the Governor’s order and for the safety of everyone involved, we are canceling camp this year.”

Douglas ESD and the YMCA will host an event to celebrate everyone who would have participated in camp this year. The organizations are planning a car parade that will culminate in the parking lot of the YMCA, where a brief ceremony will be held to celebrate the many years of camper and partner participation.

Douglas ESD will be releasing additional details soon for participants, including time, date and location. Parents of former partners and campers can expect to receive a phone call from staff in the coming weeks. More information will also be available on the Douglas ESD website at www.douglasesd.k12.or.us.