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September 19, 2013

MCS junior organizes summer camp to honor grandfather

Ward hopes to make 'Bill Bennis' annual event

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Ward recruited his high school coaches, teammates and older sister, Avalon, a 2012 MCS graduate and a Daily Star first team all-star basketball player that year, to be counselors.

Setting up and running the camp wasn’t easy, Ward said.

“The camp was a lot more work than I had expected,” he said, “mailing out the information sheets, making an itinerary for each day. However, each day of the camp I could see each kid grow as a basketball player with the values of respect, hard work and dedication.

“Without the help of my counselors and the support from my family, I could not have put this camp together,” he continued.

“He did the work himself,” Spurchise said. “Every day he was out there running things.”

Ward said it was also rewarding when the campers started talking about coming back next summer.

“In retrospect, the hard work paid off when parents of the campers told me their children couldn’t wait to come back for the next day and encouraged me to continue with the camp next year,” he said.

Ward said he plans to run the camp again next summer and hopes to make it an annual event.

Spurchise seconded Ward’s intention. “I sure hope he does it again,” he said.

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