NSCIA Houston: Camp Xtreme
Kids across the world are spending their summers playing video games, but thanks to the Houston chapter, a group of Texas kids in wheelchairs got a chance to see what life is like inside those games. This year NSCIA Houston partnered with the TIRR Foundation to host Camp Xtreme, an overnight sports-oriented summer camp for kids with disabilities or mobility impairments. The theme of this year’s camp, which ran from Jul. 13-18, was “Game On: Bringing Video Games to Life.” In addition to all the usual wheelchair sports and activities, the 43 campers, ages 8-21, took part in real-life recreations of classic games like Pac-Man, Centipede, Fruit Ninja and more.
TIRR Foundation has sponsored the camp since its inception in 1999, but this is the first year NSCIA Houston has partnered with it. Chapter member Genny Gomez coordinated a team of other members to recruit, organize, plan and run the camp. Now in her fifth year with the camp, Gomez, 31, says the camp is one of her favorite parts of being a recreational therapist.