One Coaches’ Perspective
By Nicole Marlow, 2018 Athena Camps Coach
“I had an amazing summer at Athena Camps and learned so much about myself. Athena Camps has made me appreciate what I have more. I feel like before this summer I would never take time to appreciate myself or others and Athena Camps has taught me to tell those that I love why I appreciate them. Two months ago I would have never written this, and I think the fact that I am really shows me how this summer has actually changed the way I act and think. While I may have been frustrated and overwhelmed at times, I would always leave smiling because of the amazing kids I met and the staff that I grew to love. I feel like I have made new friends that I will always have something in common with. I never understood the Athena Camps family, but now I feel like I have met a group of women that I could rely on when I needed help or just have dinner and laugh.
On the drive home, I thought about the stone that I chose today. I chose the LOVE stone and I really think this summer and the experiences that I have had reminds me to do what I love. I have loved my summer at Athena Camps and I need to focus on the parts of my life that I love rather than the parts that I find challenging and frustrating. Seeing the amount of love that the kids have for each other and the camps is inspiring. With them being so young and innocent, it reminds me of what I was like before drama and peer pressure and all the things that come with growing up in this age.
Thank you so much for all the lessons that Athena Camps has taught me this summer and I while I have no idea what the future will hold I hope to be a part of Athena Camps again.”