Speed Reads

It wasn't all bad

College football team provides combined 756 hours of volunteer labor at camp for kids with cancer

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times in Southern California's San Jacinto Mountains offers year-round camping opportunities for young cancer patients, their siblings, and their parents, and thanks to the efforts of a college football team, money that would ordinarily be used to take care of facility improvements can now go directly to giving kids the ultimate camping experience.

The University of Redlands student-athletes spent three days at the camp in late April, providing a combined 756 hours of labor — the equivalent of $20,389 worth of work. The team has a longstanding relationship with the camp, and the volunteers were kept busy doing everything from digging a trench and installing a 2,000-foot drip irrigation pipe to removing old concrete from a tennis court to chipping pine branches for landscape mulch.

"Over many years, the University of Redlands Bulldogs have created a formidable and lasting impact on our camp facilities, helping our organization raise the bar of safety and service, while at the same time allowing funds that would be needed for improvement projects to be used to sponsor every child diagnosed with cancer to attend a healing, supportive, and life-changing camp session," Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times said on its Facebook page.