Camp helps blind children enjoy coastal fun

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Some disabled children learned they too can enjoy the recreational opportunities that come with spending time on the Gulf Coast.

Sunday was the last of three fun filled days at the Mississippi Lions Sea and Sun camp at Camp Wilkes in Biloxi. Seventeen blind and visually impaired children from across the state and the Mobile area attended the free camp this year.

"When we plan this camp we plan it so the campers get to come to the Coast and do things that anyone else who is coming here as a tourist would get to,"said Camp Director Nancy Ann Sherman. "Yesterday they got to fish, they got to swim, they got to kayak here in the Back Bay. We also plan it so it's things that other children who are not blind or visually impaired would be doing and then we modify the activities so all of the campers here can participate in them."

Officials said volunteers from several businesses and non-profit organizations helped run the camp. Graduate students from the University of Alabama-Birmingham majoring in visual impairment created activities for the children.

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