The UTRGV Edinburg Campus is currently hosting the Team Mario Fun Fridays Summer Camp, a camp with activities designed for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Team Mario is designed to educate, support and advocate for children and families affected by autism.
Fun Fridays Summer Camp takes place every Friday from June 14 to July 12, with a different theme each day. Each camp features activities for participants. These range from crafts to games to creating their own snacks. Participants ranges in age from 8 to 15.
“I feel like these summer camps give children the opportunity to make friends, have fun, grow and find acceptance,” said Lisa Beccera, the organization’s program director. “We often take for granted all the little things that come so easy to us. Our camp gives children an opportunity to find their own voice and believe in themselves. It’s amazing what one camp can do in the lives of children.”
During a recent Animal Adventures, the children made animal puppets and painted animal boxes. They also made a visit to dinosaurs via a “Time Machine” at UTRGV’s H-E-B Planetarium.