After the each group participated in the HIV exercises we refereed the 2nd rounds of the tournament and had lunch and once again everyone got a lunch, the kids began to open up to me more and during the lunch a few of them asked me questions and we shared a special bond just before the final games and award presentation. All in all the camp was a huge success and I feel special to have this opportunity to spread the love through basketball with this group of campers.
The 4th and final day of camp was packed as we had 85 campers and the intensity was high because it was time for the tournament. We brought out the trophies, the campers had on their camp tee shirts and everyone was excited to begin. Before we began the television camera crew returned for a secondary interview with the campers, parents and a few of the coaches. Two teams of the older group participated at a time in the tournament as the other 6 teams participates in the HIV/AIDS activities. It is always a bit awkward breaking the ice to address them about the topic, but it is exceptionally important. In the beginning they participated in an activity that demonstrated how easily HIV is passed if not protected. We also allow the campers to share about what they knew about the disease and allow them to teach one another. Overall I felt that the groups were really mature and cooperative for the exercise.