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Over a Hundred Athletes at the 28th Annual Wheelchair Sports Camp

Created: 06/15/2014 11:14 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad

(ABC 6 News) -- Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch is filled with summer guests. This week, the ranch brought in visitors from around the country, and even a few from Africa.

“From the knowledge I know, and the people that are here from all over the country, there’s nothing like this anywhere in the United States,” said Camp Director Bob Bardwell.

More than 100 campers, from 13 states, are spending the week together at Ironwood Springs for the 28th annual National Wheelchair Sports Camp.

“Our mission is to grow in body, soul and spirit,” said Bardwell.

Rick Noll, a longtime camper, has been in attendance every year. “I’ve made many friends here and I’m just inspired each time I come here,” he said.

One camper credits the ranch for positive changes in his life. “When I first came here, I was in a power chair, living at home with my parents. I couldn’t dress myself, I wasn’t driving. I now live on my own and I’m 100 percent independent, I absolutely love life,” said Trent Dubberke. “It’s just like we’re one big family.”

The camp features a variety of different activities. Waterskiing, paint ball, tennis, horseback riding and scuba diving are just a few events fueled by the community.

“All these companies hear about it and want to come out and share it with these people,” said Bardwell.

Camp attendance is the highest in history, with 40 more campers than last year.

“Miracles happen, as I always say, and a lot of joy gets spread so it’s pretty amazing week going on,” said Bardwell.

More than 100 campers, from 13 states, are spending the week together at Ironwood Springs for the 28th annual National Wheelchair Sports Camp.