Over three days in April, the University of Redlands Bulldog football team provided valuable muscle power at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a 60-acre campsite in the San Jacinto Mountains for children diagnosed with cancer and their families. The students tackled more than a dozen projects, including trenching and installing drip irrigation piping, removing an old tennis court, building a trail and seating/teaching area for 50 people, and raking fire clearances for 35 buildings.
They also improved the Bulldog Bridge, which spans a stream and provides handicap access for campers.
“Over many years, the University of Redlands Bulldogs have created a formidable and lasting impact on our camp facilities,” says Brian Crater, the camp’s associate executive director. “[They have] helped 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 children diagnosed with cancer to attend a healing, supportive, and life-changing camp session.”
In total, the Bulldog football team provided a combined 756 hours of volunteer labor at the camp—the equivalent of $20,389 worth of work. The team’s effort received national coverage May 12 in The Week’s “Good News Newsletter.”
This project was made possible by funding from Jack B. ’50 and Sally Rider Best ’56 Cummings Community Service Learning Endowment Fund.