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Thank you for making Hoops For Camp 2016 a smashing success!

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Hoops finalCamp Blue Skies received 475 Donations and folks completed 539 brackets for Hoops For Camp 2016 NCAA Bracket Challenge.

The Leon Levine Foundation challenged us to raise $10,000 in new donations for a generous matching gift. Thanks to you and The Leon Levine Foundation, Hoops for Camp 2016 raised a total of $35,552! Wow!

Our final thank you is to Elite Island Resorts for generously donating trips in the Caribbean for our grand prizes. Check out this video to see the three lucky winners, and thanks to everyone for playing!

Latest News From Camp Blue Skies!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

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“Opening Skies” Film Shares Camp Blue Skies’ Story In 100 Words

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

We are pleased to share “Opening Skies,” Austin Huddy’s entry in 100 Words Film Festival featuring Camp Blue Skies’ story in 100 words.

Austin, a student at Queens University of Charlotte, contacted us in July and worked hard to capture our story so beautifully and concisely. He and Brent are big pals now, and Austin says he’ll be volunteering at camp. Please take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy this film… and share it with your friends and family.

“Opening Skies” debuted Friday, Nov. 6, during the first night of the Charlotte-based festival. Learn more about the festival, created by filmmaker Scott Galloway and organized by Susie Films:

WCNC’s Charlotte Today Features Campers, Fishing Derby Fundraiser

Monday, August 17th, 2015
WCNC Charlotte Today Camp Blue Skies Dick Sesler Dr. Peter Cox Dynamic Health & Pain Management

Dr. Peter Cox (left) of Dynamic Health & Pain Management and Dick Sesler, founder of Camp Blue Skies, a few minutes before going on the air with Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson, hosts of Charlotte Today on WCNC-TV (NBC Charlotte).

On Monday, Aug. 17, Camp Blue Skies founder Dick Sesler and Dr. Peter Cox of Dynamic Health & Pain Management were featured on Charlotte Today (NBC Charlotte, WCNC) to talk about serving adults with developmental disabilities and the upcoming Hooked On Camp fishing derby fundraiser.

Larry Sprinkle of NBC Charlotte, Dick Sesler, Camp Blue Skies, Dr. Peter Cox, Dynamic Health & Pain Management

Before the Charlotte Today taping, Dick Sesler (center) and Dr. Peter Cox (right) had the chance to catch up with Larry Sprinkle (left), NBC Charlotte’s long-time weather anchor.

Dick talked about his inspiration for creating Camp Blue Skies and the opportunities for campers and the respite provided to parents/caregivers. Dr. Cox explained how he became involved with Camp Blue Skies and its Hooked On Camp fishing derby fundraiser Sept. 10-11. Dynamic Health & Pain Management is the title sponsor for the fishing event. John Wendel, NBC Charlotte meteorologist, will return to serve as honorary chairman.

Click here to watch a video of the interview with Charlotte Today hosts Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson on

Camp Blue Skies Featured In The Charlotte Observer

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The Charlotte Observer Camp Blue Skies

Founder Dick Sesler shared the story of how Camp Blue Skies and the impact on the lives of campers, parents/caregivers and volunteers with reporter Karen Garloch in an article in The Charlotte Observer. Here’s one excerpt about the camps serving adults with developmental disabilities:

Sesler considered buying some land and starting his own camp. But after talking with camp directors across the country, he realized he could just rent existing campgrounds during the off season, when children were in school. People like Brent (Dick’s son), no longer subject to school vacation schedules, could go anytime.

“Wherever there are blue skies,” Sesler said, “we could have camp.”

Brandon Burrows, who has been to at least two sessions every year, told The Observer that camp “has made me a better person inside and out. I can now be more outgoing, and I have more friends.”

Burrow’s mother, Adria Appleby, was also interviewed. She has volunteered at sessions in the past and will be there again in October.

For parents whose children still live at home, Appleby said the camp provides a well-deserved respite. She recalled hearing from one mother who said it was the first time in 22 years that she was able to spend three nights alone with her husband. More than 90 percent of the campers return every year.

“I think I get more out of it than the campers do,” Appleby said. “The campers make you feel so special. You feel like you’re making a difference in people’s lives.”

Click here to read the article online. Click here to download a PDF of the print version of the story.

Thanks to Karen Garloch and The Charlotte Observer.

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