The Storm and Swedish partnered with Camp Ten Trees this season to support and promote diversity and inclusion.
This Seattle-based non-profit runs overnight camp programs for LGBTQ+ youth and youth of LGBTQ+ families in the Summer and Spring. In addition to traditional camp activities like swimming, arts & crafts, and hiking, campers engage in workshops exploring identity, social justice, youth coalition building, and much more – in an environment where they are loved, accepted, and celebrated for being who they are.
Since the camp’s first summer in 2001, Camp Ten Trees has been able to offer life-changing camp sessions to youth of LGBTQ+ communities on a sliding scale tuition system. They have never turned a camper away for inability to pay. Nearly half of their campers rely on financial aid to be able to join the camp. Camp Ten Trees promises that lack of funds will never be a barrier for youth to participate in their programs.
The Storm created an auction package for Camp Ten Trees’ 2018 Dinner and Auction Gayla on May 19th. The funds raised each year at this event make it possible to ensure no camper ever gets turned away. On June 28th, Camp Ten Trees was the Storm’s Non-Profit of the Night and raised $811 dollars to support their upcoming camps with new equipment and supplies.
On July 8th, Camp Ten Trees campers came out to the Storm game to celebrate their Community Night. Campers registered for Camp Ten Trees Summer Camps had the opportunity to meet each other ahead of camp, cheer on the Storm as they took on the Washington Mystics, and meet a Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Sami Whitcomb following the game. The Storm also donated $2,000 to go towards Camp Ten Trees’ supply and equipment wish list for camp.