Honors Summer Snapshots: Madeline

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2016 summer routines via photos. Madeline Keane is back in her happy place at camp:

This summer I am working at Flip Fest gymnastics camp in Crossville, Tennessee! It is one of the greatest places on earth. Lake Frances is the perfect location for the camp. I wake up to a beautiful view of the lake with a cabin full of 7 to 17-year-old gymnasts.

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While the girls are working out in the gym, I work as the intern for the athletic trainer! I am gaining knowledge on sports injuries and prevention while working around the sport I grew up loving. Between gymnastics sessions, I help with activities like mud pit tug-of-war, tie-dye, water gun fights, canoeing, ropes course, and paracord bracelet making.

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Each week, special guests come to the camp. For example, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Kyla Ross, Olympian and American Ninja Warrior Johnathan Horton, and 2008 Olympians Bridget Sloan and Justin Spring have visited camp. Camp is a wonderful environment where kids and staff members alike are encouraged to make goals for themselves and conquer their fears. The owner of the camp, Olympian John Rothlisberger, once said at a morning meeting, “Greatness isn’t something you wake up one day and decide to do. It is a way of life. It is woven into every choice we make everyday.” Olympians aren’t born winners, they work hard and create the special life they have. Understanding this shows that we are all capable of being amazing individuals!

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Everyone is accepting and positive and the energy here is overwhelming and magnetic. It’s equally rewarding to help kids defeat the fears that have been holding them back both inside the gym and out! It’s great to see kids learning and growing each week!

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On the weekends, my coworkers and I enjoy the beautiful outdoors in sunny Tennessee! There are lots of waterfalls in the area. Last weekend, we went to Rock Island State Park! We hiked through the park to see two waterfalls and cooled off in the swimming hole at the bottom. I’ve also been enjoying the different, southern lifestyle. Sweet tea is one of my favorite additions to the lifestyle here! It’s great to meet lots of people from all over the country. I feel lucky to be able to connect with lots of other students and even some Olympians who all share a love for helping kids pursue their dreams in gymnastics and in life!

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