Kolin Burgess is a boy with Tourette syndrome, a condition that makes him move and make sounds uncontrollably. As a result he’s often confronted with bullying, judgment, condescension, and dirty looks wherever he goes.
In 2009, when Kolin was 10 years old he visited the Rotary Youth Camp, a camp for kids with limitations that would normally make it difficult or impossible for them to participate in other camps. He described it as the best experience of his life. His mother, Christy Burgess said, “This was the most ‘normal’ experience my son has had in years. He rarely goes anywhere without me to be a buffer between him and the world. To allow these kids to be free for an entire week is the greatest gift anyone could give them. For one glorious week they are free to run, play, laugh and make friends.”
But now, the Rotary Youth Camp needs your help.
Greater Kansas City Day is Monday, April 8 and is also the day of the Royals’ home opener against the Minnesota Twins. That day the Kansas City Star will print special editions of the newspaper and volunteers will sell them to raise funds for the Rotary Youth Camp. We need your help to sell newspapers for the Rotary Youth Camp so kids like Kolin can have a normal camping experience and make friends.
We’ll sell newspapers both at the gate and in the parking lot of Kauffman Stadium. People who wish to volunteer at the gate need to be there at 9:00 a.m. and people who wish to volunteer in the parking lot need to be there at 10:45 a.m. Contact President Nick McKenzie if you’d like to participate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-651-8620.