2nd Annual C3 Program
Campus Recreation wrapped up the 2016 C3 Program on July 22nd with a tailgate event that brought together the nearly 200+ youth (aged 8-14) of the community that attended the 6-week summer program. The C3 program aims to build a safe and peaceful community among the youth that reside in the Champaign-Urbana and University of Illinois community, while providing them with a holistic introduction to the campus experience.
Over the 6-weeks, youth from the following community organizations participated in the program: Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Tap In Leadership Academy, Urbana Neighborhood Connections, Champaign Park District, Youth for Christ, and Operation Hope. Each week averaged 50 participants and started off with a meal at the Ikenberry Commons Dining Hall, followed by two hours of activities at various Campus Recreation facilities. These activities ranged from wheelchair basketball, kayaking, ice skating, and volleyball, to name a few. When asked what their favorite part of C3 was, one participant stated, “Everything! Especially kayaking because I have never done that before.”
To celebrate the successful completion of the annual program, C3 hosted a final tailgate event at the Campus Recreation Outdoor Center Complex Fields located at Oak St. and Stadium Dr. in Champaign. The night started at 5pm with a BBQ featuring hamburgers and barbeque chicken catered by University Dining Services. Following the meal, DJ Mondo, from radio station Hot 105.5, performed while basketball, sand volleyball, soccer, an inflatable slide and obstacle course, and a dance competition were offered for the participants. Dee Brown, former Fighting Illini Basketball player and current Director of Player Development and Alumni Relations for the Illini Basketball team also made an appearance at the event to help provide a positive experience for the youth of the community. The C3 participants enjoyed asking Dee about his former playing days with the Illini and Utah Jazz, while expressing their desire to one-day play for the Fighting Illini as well.
Campus Recreation and the C3 Program would like to specially thank our sponsors, as their support played an integral part in the overall success of the program: Champaign County Community Coalition, Champaign Park District, Champaign Police Department, The Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES), Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access, Urbana Fire Department, Urbana Police Department, University of Illinois Housing/Dining, and University of Illinois Police Department.