Harris' Heroes: Camp Lighthouse helps visually impaired children enhance skills
(WJLA) - Dozens of children at Camp Lighthouse are in the midst of a "beep ball" game.
"Beep ball is like baseball for the blind," explains 8-year-old camper N'dea Banks-Mackey.
Blindfolded, the children use their hearing skills to hit and field the beeping ball. It’s just one of the activities at the camp that helps children who are blind or visually impaired function better in life.
"it's a time for them to come together and learn new skills, refine existing skills such as learning how to travel independently with the use of a long cane," says Jocelyn Hunter, Director of Communications.
Counselor Star-Shemah White has experienced challenges like that herself.
"I had what's called retinal detachment," she says. "I was about 23 when it happened...I have no sight in my right eye and partial vision in my left eye."
Now, she’s volunteering as a counselor at the camp in hopes of inspiring the kids to strive for more in life.
"I just want other people to know you don't have to stop living just because you can't see -- you still have your other senses and still so much you can do."
And White's guidance has quickly left a lasting impression on the campers:
"It's really fun to have people like Ms. Star around -- it inspires me to do better," says 12-year-old camper Emmanuel Green.