KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)--Growing up, nothing matches the fun and excitement of a summer camp.
But for one in particular, it's had to distinguish who's more excited, the campers, the staff or even the parents.
Since 1977, Camp Koinonea has proven to be an opportunity for children with disabilities to experience a true sense of fellowship, not just a temporary smile, but one that would last a lifetime.
Coach Bruce Pearl says it was a calling that got him involved not just the interaction with the children but raising money as well.
"I see parents that have children that have gone to camp, I see people that have outlived cancer, I see people who appreciate what it's like to have a teaching
hospital performing miracles every single day".
A golf tournament also helps. This year funding a pediatric trauma program.
David Hall, COO of UT Medical Center said, "We'll be able to expand our trauma. right now we have 4, we'll expand to 7 or 8."
A community of caring folks seizing the opportunity to help a unique camp and continue their mission of spreading joy and connecting to the hearts of those less fortunate.
Bruce Pearl said."I get blown away every year that we do this and the patio is full. The golf tournament is sold out you guys are here to send a message
that we can take care of ourselves and we can do alot of good things in the community."