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TONIGHT – Ray Ewry Presentation Scheduled


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Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow US Olympic athletes

 


Join us for…

Strong Hand Forever: Ray Ewry & the 1908 Olympics

with

Cindy Eberts

Retired Purdue Professor

  • Date: TONIGHT – Wednesday, February 18th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Place: LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center, 525 N 4th Street, Lafayette
  • FREE to the Public

Rather than jump for the Ivy League, Anglo-Saxon-only athletic club in the 1908 Olympic Games, Ray Ewry (Layette Native & Purdue Alumnus), with his international reputation as a record breaking athlete, chose to join the New York City Irish-American Athletic Club. The NYC IAAC allowed anyone to join including American Indians, African-Americans, Jews, and Irish. As a member of the IAAC, Ewry was present when the ethnically diverse US Olympic team ran circles around the British Empire and broke the US athletic color barrier. The athletes from the IAAC outperformed everyone in the 1908 Olympics leaving us with an unmistakable message of personal courage, racial inclusion, and faith.

Come hear Professor Eberts share the stories behind this vintage photo of Ray Ewry (first row, second from left) and his fellow athletes — as well as stories about Ray Ewry’s 1908 Olympic experience.

{Learn more about Ray Ewry, HERE.}

Ray Ewry Parkway – Naming Ceremony

1906-olympian-ralph-ewry-photo-1LUM encourages you to attend the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Naming Ceremony for the new US 231 in honor of the legendary US Olympian, Lafayette native and Purdue alumnus, Ray Ewry. US 231 along the Purdue West Lafayette campus between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road will officially be known as the Raymond Clarence Ewry Memorial Parkway.


The details of the INDOT Naming Ceremony are as follows:

  • Date: THIS Friday, August 29
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Place: RPAC Theatre, Lafayette Jefferson High School
  • Parking: park in the East Lot and enter through the South Portico

Ray Ewry is special to LUM and is the namesake of the LUM Youth Center in downtown Lafayette. As friends of LUM, we’d love to see you there. Tom Carson is expected to be in attendance to represent the family of Ray Ewry.


For more information on the life and accomplishments of Ray Ewry, click HERE.



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LUM Camp 2013 – Exceeds Expectations


LUM Camp — Recap


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LUM Camp 2013 was this week with the theme — The Excitement of Engineering!  LUM Camp introduced our campers to various engineering disciplines using Ray Ewry’s life-long dedication and commitment to learning as an inspiration.

LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls, 8, 9 and 10 years old.  LUM campers come from families served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry. LUM Camp includes all the things a great summer camp should: morning chapel, silly camp songs, outstanding camp counselors, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, campfires, sleeping in cabins and plenty of great camp food!

But along with these, each day at LUM Camp focused on a different field of engineering.  The children saw Rube Goldberg contraptions, watched fun chemistry experiments, exercised their problem solving skills, blasted off on an imaginary adventure to outer space, worked in teams to build Lego cars, and even rode on the Boilermaker Special.  Some of the finest educators from Purdue were on hand to teach and inspire our children.

To see more photos from LUM Camp 2013, click HERE.



LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors


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LUM Camp Counselors are invaluable volunteers who spend the entire week at camp working with a group of campers. They are role models who assist and motivate campers whether they are trying to learn a new skill or they have concerns about an issue or idea. LUM Volunteer Camp Counselors are fun-loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people. They help create a family environment that makes LUM Camp so special. They often reflect that the benefits are numerous – the rewards of working with children, spending a week in the invigorating outdoor environment of Hanging Rock Camp, and potentially gaining new skills and experiences. They also enjoy the camp songs, bonfire, camp food, and chapel. LUM simply could not offer LUM Camp without our talented and dedicated Volunteer Camp Counselors.

LUM Camp Counselors arrive one day early for training. To see more photos of their day of training, click HERE.



Ray Ewry — Inspiration for LUM Camp 2013


This year the LUM campers were reintroduced to Ray Ewry — hometown hero, Olympian, and renowned engineer.  Born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1872, he was stricken with polio as a child and told by his doctor that he would never walk again.  Through sheer determination, Ray Ewry re-learned how to walk, run and jump – then went on to win 10 Olympic Gold Medals in jumping events between 1900 and 1910.

What many people don’t know is that Ray Ewry was also a renowned engineer. He earned both a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue University in mechanical engineering.  He taught engineering at both Purdue and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  He inspected newly built ships for the US navy in New Jersey. But perhaps Ray Ewry’s crowning professional achievement was as lead engineer for the New York City Board of Water Supply where he helped build the 163 mile-long aqueduct system that to this day brings fresh water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City.  If you visit Manhattan and drink a glass of water with your meal or take a shower in your hotel room – you have Ray Ewry to thank.



Final Thoughts on LUM Camp


It’s a safe bet that most of our LUM Campers will not go on to win 10 Olympic Gold Medals – but each will overcome personal adversity to accomplish great things for the world. It’s a safer bet that most of the children arrived at LUM Camp this year thinking an engineer is someone who operates a locomotive – but now each will return home with a greater understanding and perhaps even a desire to someday become an engineer. It’s not just that we hope the children will model Ewry’s character and determination, but that Ray Ewry’s story will continue to encourage our LUM Campers to think about their futures in new ways. Most of our campers never dreamed about a Purdue education – but now they will leave LUM Camp knowing that higher education is a dream within their reach!

LUM Camp changes lives. Each of the 80 children have had an opportunity this week to grow and will benefit immeasurably because they were given a chance to attend LUM Camp.

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To see more photos from LUM Camp 2013, click HERE.

To see more photos of LUM Volunteer Camp Counselor training, click HERE.




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Give the LUM Camp Experience to a Child in Our Community


Summer 2013



Joe Micon
Joe Micon

Dear Friend,

Many people know the story of Ray Ewry.

Born in Lafayette in 1872, he was stricken with polio as a child and told by his doctor that he would never walk again.  Through sheer determination, Ray Ewry re-learned to walk, run and jump – then went on to win 10 gold medals in Olympic jumping events between 1900 and 1910.


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What many people don’t know is that Ray Ewry was also a renowned engineer.

He earned both a bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue University in mechanical engineering.  He taught engineering at both Purdue and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  He inspected newly built ships for the US navy in New Jersey.

But perhaps Ray Ewry’s crowning professional achievement was as lead engineer for the New York City Board of Water Supply where he helped build the 163 mile-long aqueduct system that to this day brings fresh water from the Catskill Mountains to New York City.  If you visit Manhattan and drink a glass of water with your meal or take a shower in your hotel room – you have Ray Ewry to thank.

Ray Ewry SignI share this with you for two reasons:  First of all, because Ray Ewry is a hero to the children served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.  LUM’s Youth Center bears his name and his picture hangs prominently on its wall.  The children at LUM know how Ray Ewry overcame one adversity after another to achieve greatness. We talk about him all the time.

The other reason is because planning for LUM Camp 2013 has begun – and this year’s theme is “The Excitement of Engineering!”  Along with introducing our campers to various engineering disciplines, we will also lift up Ray Ewry’s life-long dedication and commitment to learning.

LUM Camp is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls, 8, 9 and 10 years old.  They are children who come from families 2012-08-01 LUM Camp 005 (2)served by the Lafayette Urban Ministry.

LUM Camp includes all the things a great summer camp should: morning chapel, silly camp songs, outstanding camp counselors, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, campfires, sleeping in cabins and plenty of great camp food!

But along with these, each day at LUM Camp this year will focus on a different field of engineering.  The children will see Rube Goldberg contraptions, watch fun chemistry experiments, exercise their problem solving skills, work as a team to build a Lego car, ride on the Boilermaker Special – and even blast off on an imaginary adventure to outer space.  Some of the finest educators from Purdue will be on hand to help.

Because of the financial limitations of our campers’ families, paying for a week of summer camp just isn’t in the cards.  That’s why LUM seeks out the support of individuals, churches and local organizations to enable the children to attend our camp.


A $140 campership will pay for the cost of transportation, room and board, camp activities, educational programs and supplies – everything a child will need to attend LUM Camp.

  • $280 will allow 2 children to attend
  • $420 will send 3 children
  • $70 will cover ½ of a campership 

Any amount you send will help a child to attend one of the finest overnight summer camp programs available in Indiana.


Ray Ewry Olympics 1908And this year we will reintroduce the children to Ray Ewry: hometown hero, Olympian – and renowned engineer.  It’s not just that we hope the children will model Ewry’s character and determination, but that Ray Ewry’s story will encourage our LUM Campers to think about their futures in new ways.

It’s a safe bet that none of our LUM Campers will go on to win 10 Olympic Gold medals – but each can overcome personal adversity to accomplish great things for the world.

It’s a safer bet that most of the children who come to LUM Camp this year will think an engineer is someone who operates a locomotive – but each will return home with a greater understanding and perhaps even a desire to someday become an engineer.

Most of our campers will never have dreamed about a Purdue education – but they will leave LUM Camp knowing that higher education is a dream within their reach!

LUM Camp changes lives. It will take place during the week of July 29th at beautiful Hanging Rock Camp in Warren County.  I know of 100 children who will grow and benefit immeasurably if they are given the chance to attend. 

Please, may we hear from you today?


Gratefully,
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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


P.S. — It costs $140 to send a child to LUM Camp.  Place your check in the enclosed envelope, or contribute online at www.lumserve.org.



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