Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Camp Odayin Guest Day visit (8/12/2010)

Team Strong Heart members, families and supporters are invited to visit Camp Odayin (Crosslake, MN) at their annual Guest Day on August 12, 2010.

Camp Odayin (also known as "Camp Heart") has a summer resident camp hosted at Camp Knutson on Crosslake, MN. Kids with special hearts (as camp kids called it) from countries such as U.S., Canada, and Germany have made their summer home here. Summer water sports including swimming, playing volleyball and games, sliding, boating, etc. are a huge part of the camp afternoon activities.

At Camp Odayin, kids are well taken care of by camp counselors, a group of volunteers including medical doctors, nurses, and other medical specialists, and the Camp is equipped with donated medical supplies and with a helicopter launching pad on-site.

Members of the Team Strong Heart (TSH) including Jackie Torborg (2010), Bill Beckman (2008), Amy Xu (2010) and Yiping Xu (Amy's father visiting from China) attended the Camp this year. On behalf of Silent Sports Foundation and Team Strong Heart 2010 supporters, Amy presented a donation check, a children's book on Race Across America, and a Team Strong Heart t-shirt to Camp Odayin's President and CEO, Sara Meslow. Each of the camp guests also received a souvenir from Camp Odayin.

Team Strong Heart 2010-2011 will be in its 5th year in friendship with and carrying a charitable mission for Camp Odayin (Camp Heart's 10th anniversary in summer of 2011). Though Race Across America is as epic as it has been known for ("the toughest race in the world"), every Team Strong Heart knows that nothing can compare with what each Camp Heart kid has to go through in their daily lives. The kids appreciate all the fun time and memories in a very special summer week.
Thank you for your support and generosity.

Amy Xu
Team Strong Heart 2008 (team) and 2010 (solo)