The Prison Fellowship in partnership with Baltimore Ravens and local churches held a football camp for over 100 children of imprisoned parents.
On Saturday, the most prominent prison ministry held a sports camp for 100 kids involved with their Angel Tree program. The event was held at the Baltimore Ravens’ practice facility in Owings Mills, Maryland. It was in partnership with the Ravens and Coca-Cola Consolidated.
The Angel Tree Sports Camp aims to help children with incarcerated parents build meaningful relationships while encouraging physical and spiritual growth. During the sports camp, the children were able to learn the basics of football from retired players and coaches. Prison Fellowship CEO James Ackerman shared how to event went through.
“So there’s eight different stations. The majority of the kids who are coming out are middle school and high school age. As a football camp, the majority of them [are] boys,” he said. “But there [are] a fair number of girls who come out as well.”
During their lunch break, they were able to hear the Gospel through talks from the speakers.
“And those talks [shared] about the Lord and stepping into new beginnings with Jesus.”
Before the event concluded, the children were also able to listen to some testimonies of women raising their children in the inner city while their husbands are in prison. This is to give hope to the children and to let them know that God has a purpose for their lives.
“The whole goal is to give the kids hope, right? Hope that you could maybe one day play for the NFL yourselves, hope that God has a purpose and plan for your life,” James said. “God has gifted you and has hope for you. And so that’s the whole thesis of the entire trip.”
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Reference: The Christian Post