On June 20, the Mobile Shark Tank (MST) made its seventh appearance of the month, visiting Camp MayMac in Felton, Calif. as part of the Royal Family Kids Camp of Monterey Bay (RFKC).
“RFKC is a residential weeklong camp for children in the foster care system,” said Paula Morgan, director of RFKC. “Our goal is to create positive memories each summer for children that have been in abusive and neglected situations.”
Being in the wilderness was a new experience for the Mobile Shark Tank, which has typically visited schools and community centers. After setting up the 12-inch foam borders, children participating in RFKC’s weeklong camp were then organized into teams for some friendly competition among their new friends and camp counselors.
“They were so excited to be able to do this. They feel really important to be on a team with their peers…they were just having a ball,” Morgan said. “We just want them to be able to have fun. Many of them are in stressful situations and having the opportunity to see them be kids is just a real thrill for all of us since that is our goal.”
It was also a new experience for the children of RFKC as they were able to play street hockey with S.J. Sharkie, thanks to a surprise visit by the most recognizable fish in the National Hockey League.
“The kids, I know for a fact, are going to remember Sharkie and today for the rest of their lives,” said Chris Gott, curriculum coordinator with RFKC.
The beloved Sharks mascot did not let down his new fans, as he signed autographs and took personal photographs with the children so that they could remember this special day.
This visit to Camp MayMac was one memory that the Sharks hope will last a long time in the lives of these unique individuals.
The Mobile Shark Tank was back at it on Jun. 27, visiting Willow Glen Elementary School in San Jose as part of their summer camp program.
In all, nearly 40 kids-ranging in age from 6-12 years-old-braved the heat and donned a Sharks jersey. Much like the kids at Camp MayMac, students from Willow Glen Elementary School enjoyed playing street hockey for more than an hour.
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