|Tragedy leads to triump for disadvantaged children|
|Written by News Desk|
|Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:05|
Children at Camp Ryne learn to swim thanks to donations of volunteers.
Photos: Special to The Indy
In 2010 Ryne Odom of Millbrook joined the U.S. Navy with aspirations of becoming a rescue swimmer. Odom loved swimming and trained vigorusly for the job. After training for months Odom was finally awarded a contract to take a position on a Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crew (SWCCC) or 'swick team.' Tragically while on a break just two months before his departure Ryne drowned in the Alabama River.
Photo left: Ryne Odom
Ryne's family and friends committed to a fundraising effort that supports a swim camp for children named, Camp Ryne, in Odom's honor. The family partnered with YMCA Camp Chandler in 2011with the goal of sponsoring at least 40 children for swim class. These children come from families that would otherwise not be able to afford summer camp to learn to swim at Camp Chandler. The cost to send a child to the camp is $135. Thanks to the efforts of Odom's family, friends and generous donors 57 children were able to participate in Camp Ryne. Last year that number had climbed to 127 children at the camp. So far more than 280 children have participated in Camp Ryne, many of whom left with not just knowledge but a passion for swimming.
"Ryne loved the outdoors and swimming and he would have wanted every child to have the opportunity to discover this passion," said Randy Odom, Ryne's brother.
Donors can even visit the camp and enjoy a campfire meeting with the children helped by their efforts.
If you are interested in helping to sponsor a child for Camp Ryne, all donations are tax exempt and can be made out to YMCA Camp Chandler c/o Camp Ryne. Donations of any amount are accepted and appreciated. For more information or to donate with a credit card please contact YMCA at 334-229-0033 or mail donations to PO Box 2339 Montgomery, AL 36102.
Congratulations to the Millbrook 7u All Stars who went to the Regional Tournament in Chelsea June 19-22 and came home with 2nd place. The team will be headed to Albertville July 3rd for the State Tournament.
Players from left to right are #33 Nicholas Frazier #10 Tanner Mehearg #5 Josh Roeten #8 Hayden Anderson #99 Caden Watson #00 Mason Moxley #9 Kameron Smith #19 Luke Payne #88 Brysan Thackston #3 Grayson Jones #1 Jay Myers. Coaches are Russell Payne Kevin Jones Scott Watson and Michael Frazier.Read more...
Students in Millbrook Middle School's Zero Robotics Summer Camp work out some details about their plans for the upcoming competition this week on a simulated game board. If the students advance thorough several levels of competition they can get the chance to control actual robots on the International Space Station.
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