Champions Kids Camp

Organization builds children's confidence

Singing and songwriting duo Bill and Kim Nash have a deep-seeded history with the country music scene and have been traveling and performing since they were young teenagers. For the past several years, the couple has worn many hats and has decided to help others through their music, faith and past experiences.

The Nashes established Champions Kids Camp more than 10 years ago, and they have made it their goal to help as many children suffering from trauma or personal loss as they can. The camp aims to help Houston-area children overcome emotional trauma through programs, activities and events, instilling an "I can do anything," mentality, Bill Nash said.

"We have all kinds of kids," he said. "For children that have been through this kind of thing, the fear that they still retain affects them. It's like they are by themselves against the world. Well, not anymore. Now they have Champions Kids Camp."

Since the summer of 2001, Champions Kids Camp has helped children ages 8–12 years who have survived traumatic life events such as illness or abuse through a weeklong summer camp each year.

At the time they decided to start Champions Kids Camp, the Nashes were writing songs and living in Nashville. Bill Nash commuted to Houston every two weeks and stayed with his accountant, who helped him set up the organization as a nonprofit. The first Champions Kids Camp took place at Columbia Lakes in 2001 and hosted 31 children. This year, the camp is booked for July 21–26 at Victory Camp in Alvin, and about 190 children are expected to attend.

Each year, the organization aims to raise $500 for each child to cover camp costs.

Texas Best Music Fest

With the help of the community, the Nashes put on several events throughout the year to raise money and provide continued support for the children. For the first year, Champions Kids Camp will host this live music festival April 7 at Northwest Dodge near FM 1960 and Hwy. 290.

The event will feature dozens of local and national musicians. A large handful of community members and local businesses are assisting with the effort.

The concert is free, and all proceeds will go toward funding the cost of the summer camp.

Community involvement

To continue serving children in need and to secure the campgrounds every year, the Nashes look to the community for help. Aside from monetary contributions, donations accepted include blankets, pillows, clothing and gifts for the children.

Donations accepted at: 11152 Westheimer Road. Ste. 681, Houston 281-809-8032, www.championskidscamp.org



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