Summer Camp Claims Sports Therapy Can Turn Gay Men Straight
A Pennsylvania sports camp is claiming that they can use sports therapy to help male teens control their same-sex sexual urges.
On its website, Camp Courage in Wynnewood says ""Are you or a loved one experiencing homosexual attractions and looking for answers?"
The website says "Sports Camp is an exhilarating, experiential weekend for men desiring to learn how to play team sports with encouragement, coaching, and an abundance of Christian fellowship. The Lions, Dolphins, Colts, and Rams face each other in softball, football, basketball, and soccer in the annual epic battle for the coveted Harvey Cup."
One of the testimonials on the site reads:
In the afternoon, Mark led us in football warm-ups. We practiced throwing, catching, running backwards, and receiving patterns. Then we played a game, and we, the Dolphins, won. I enjoyed playing as a team, including deciding plays and covering all the opponents. I felt overwhelmed trying to understand what was going on, nevertheless I was excited. I felt good about myself. Being on a team, I felt less self-centered. I thought, "I should live all of life as if I'm on a team." In fact, we are all on a team, praying for, encouraging, and assisting each other in the battles of life.
Another young man who attended the camp wrote:
Wonderful experience. Yes, my muscles were sore but my heart was thankful.
On the trip home, I was so confident, energized, and joyful that I talked almost non-stop. At the airport I saw several women crying and many other men and women who looked empty. I felt compassion for these strangers. I was sad they didn't have the same joy I had.
One time a teammate gave me a sweaty celebratory hug. He was humbly secure in himself, just as he was, selflessly and joyfully showing affection to others. I also liked when one man, whom I'd felt intimidated by, gave me a pat on my belly, meaning "way to go!" His touch made me feel accepted as one of the guys.