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For Devon Scott, 16, leading kids at a summer sports camp is a “cool opportunity,” especially when he gets to tell the campers about God.

 Scott and 13 other teenagers ran Roosevelt Park Community Christian Reformed Church’s two-week evening sports camp in July for kids in first through sixth grade.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., church’s camp was run in partnership with Camp Tall Turf, a local camp with a Leadership in Training program. The partnership gave the teenage counselors a chance to put their learning into practice and gave the church the opportunity to reach out to community children like Zayda Garcia, 10, who liked the “great teachers.”

 “We are partners with the church in diversity and intentional about expanding diversity,” said Mariam DeJong, a member of the Roosevelt Park congregation and a camp staff member.

Soccer, basketball, cheerleading, games, and talks by spiritual leader Devon attracted about 35 children. “I like seeing kids get better at everything, most of all I like to see their spiritual growth,” said head coach Corey Sullivan, 17.

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