March 11, 2014

Tornado cyclists spend spring break volunteering

BRISTOL, Tenn. – While most students enjoy their spring break at the beach or just relaxing, three King University cyclists took a mission trip to Camden, N.J. Blake Adams, Julian Cabra and T.J. Killelea all made the trip to help work with kids programs and camps in Camden.

The trio, along with their coach Dan Kreiss, were able to make the trip thanks in part to a couple of organizations, Finish Strong and UrbanPromise. While in Camden, the student-athletes are volunteering their time to programs that help kids that grow up in urban environments like Camden. They will also help with camps, and in any way possible to help the kids, as well as give the student-athletes a picture of what it's like to live in an urban environment.

Finish Strong is a non-profit organization that helps those in need, physically, financially and spiritually. Their mission is "to unite people competing for a common goal (to glorify God) throughout the community and to generously serve others in need physically, financially and spiritually through our God given gifts, talents and athletic abilities."

"God has given us the ability to compete or just to get out there for fun, and we should glorify him for our abilities. It's a great way for believers to share in a closer relationship with each other while reaching out to those who don't yet know Jesus as our Savior and Lord."

UrbanPromise is a 25-year old company that was founded as a summer camp in East Camden, N.J., by a small group of college missionaries that provided a place for local youth escape the dangerous city streets. Since then, UrbanPromise has grown into many different programs, but their core will always be their relationships with the kids. Their mission is "to equip Camden children and young adults with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and Christian leadership."