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Photo submitted Darren Groninger instructs a group of children during the first week of Camp JACK at Hoeven Elementary School in Minot on Saturday.

Sixty young boys and girls hone their basketball skills while helping raise funds for the Dakota Hope Clinic at an annual camp initiated nine years ago by a sophomore.

Sophomore Joshua Groninger, now a sophomore at South Prairie School, continues to lead Camp JACK (Joshua’s Athletic Camp for Kids) for children ages 3-6 with the help of family and friends. friends. The eighth annual camp, which was suspended last year due to COVID-19, is being held every Saturday morning this month, with all proceeds going to Dakota Hope, a pregnancy support center serving the Minot region.

When Joshua first approached his father, Darren, about starting a basketball camp, his mother, Melodee, suggested that all proceeds be donated to a good cause, according to a press release. relating the history of the camp.

“Since the Dakota Hope Clinic began, our church, Living Word Lutheran, has encouraged members to donate and volunteer,” Darren Groninger said in the release. “We heard about Dakota Hope being a great organization and what it does for our community. I guess our sophomore understood this because when we asked where the money should go, he chose Dakota Hope.

Darren Groninger estimated that this year’s camp will provide Dakota Hope with $6,200 when matched with Giving Hearts Day funds. Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour fundraising event for charities in North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota. Donations can be made to one of the many charities in Minot and North Dakota on GivingHeartsDay.org on February 10. other performance and accountability standards.

Photo submitted Joshua Groninger leads a Camp JACK lesson on Saturday.

Groninger said Camp JACK has donated through Giving Hearts Day for the past four years, raising about $36,000 in camp proceeds and matching funds since its inception. He said corporate sponsors help the camp offset expenses, but the generosity of the community went beyond that to help with fundraising. A company, which asked for $200, gave $1,000. Parents of campers are asked to donate $25 per child, and one donated $250.

Volunteers are also essential to the camp’s ability to raise funds.

“Joshua had the original idea to do the camp and he has always been an active instructor in the camp, but due to his involvement in high school activities and now high school basketball, the camp could not be finished without the help of his family and friends,” says Darren Groninger.

In particular, members of Joshua’s traveling basketball team, grades three through eight, chose to share their love of basketball and use their gifts in service to others through Camp JACK, did he declare.

“I’m proud of Joshua, but we couldn’t have done this without the support of his traveling basketball teammates and their parents,” says Groningen.

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