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The NorthStar Foundation announces a new adventure program

By 03/20/2022March 21st, 2022No Comments

By: Jonah Gilmore, KETV Newswatch 7 – Mar 20, 2022

Updated: 11:38 AM CDT Mar 20, 2022

The NorthStar Foundation is expanding with a new program, The NorthStar Adventure. At a news conference Saturday afternoon, nearly two dozen attendees watched as one flag bearing the symbol of the past partnership came down and another with the new program went up.

“As we raise a new flag, it’s a new day for us,” said The NorthStar President Scott Hazelrigg.

He said the new program will allow them to engage students in new spaces in new ways, helping the students build their capacity to see themselves as successful citizens long after they graduate from the programs. The changes are made possible by a capital campaign that allows the foundation to add things like a new turf and the addition to a massive structure.

“It’s a course for students to get over their anxiety and fears and face adventure,” said NorthStar volunteer Brandon Kyle.

A new classroom will be added to the Hitchcock ropes course, suspended 35 feet in the air.

“The purpose of the classroom is to have people get up to the platform height and feel comfortable before navigating the course,” Kyle said.

The climb up to the classroom will allow students to learn and also take away life lessons.

“Have a sense of achievement and overcome adversity. You know, they’re going to face tougher trials in life. This is just a small reminder of what they may face and how they overcame it,” Kyle said.

The 15-acre campus is an oasis for young men to thrive in academic, athletics and adventure.

“For our students to be able to come and experience things that they might not have otherwise tried and to make sure that they know when they arrive here that they are cared for, they are loved and we believe in them, but not just telling them that. Helping them to experience that,” Hazelrigg said.

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