Athletes for Hope

Casey Zeller visits University of Georgia’s Camp Kesem

Casey Zeller

Camp Kesem is a LIVESTRONG Foundation funded camp for the children of cancer patients. You may have seen Casey’s enthusiastic tweets about her trip to University of Georgia’s Camp Kesem this past week. We followed up with Casey about her experience.

Q: Why is giving back important to you?

I love to connect, encourage, and support people especially those who are struggling so they know they are not alone. I feel that everyone should be grateful for what they have and not take having a “normal” life for granted. I know I am blessed in so many ways, therefore it is important to me to help others when I can.

Q: What did you do on your recent trip to Camp Kesem UGA?

I chose to speak to the camp about my struggles as an athlete and my determination to make my one Olympic dream come true, only to find that I was meant to fulfill a different dream. I encouraged them to not become discouraged when they don’t receive what they want most, yet to be open minded enough to realize that it’s because there is something better waiting for them. We then played crab soccer with the camp and took pictures afterwards.

Q: What would you say to another athlete interested in giving back this summer?

Sometimes it’s hard to find time in your busy training and competition schedule to share your experience with others. But once you do, it is more fulfilling than you can imagine and it also drives you more toward your goal. So take a little bit out of your day to do a selfless act and share your story with those who need it the most.

Curious about Camp Kesem’s mission to help the children of cancer patients? Interested in heading back to camp for a few hours this summer? Contact AFH today for more information.