Camp helps kids, grad students, to grow

Posted on July 07, 2023

A camper smiles at an adult volunteer

Emily Hamuka, a clinical educator in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at UNC Greensboro, was once asked what she would do if she could design any summer camp. From that question – the Sports and Language Camp was formed.

The 10-day camp in June is a partnership with the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro and provides sports activities along with language, communication, and literacy skills for children ages 3 to 8 with Down syndrome. The camp started in 2022 with six campers and has now grown to eight.

“I love working with this population and I love early language and literacy skills for this age group,” Hamuka says. “Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, this was really the first-time these kids could experience a camp with other kids that were like them.”