Gary and Wanda Wetherington felt nudged by God to start a free Christian sports camp on HIlton Head Island in 1978. They wanted kids to hear the Gospel message and the Wetherington's knew sports could bring the kids out. Their home phone number became the camp's main registration line and their local business, Island Tire, became a secondary focus as they organized the week's events every year. The camp started as a football camp for 50 kids with 3 professional athletes coaching. Week of Champions now hosts between 400-500 kids each day of camp, with dozens of volunteers, including many professional athletes and collegiate coaches.
From its humble start to today, God brings the local community together every year for those 5 days called "Week of Champions." Local businesses, youth and adult volunteers, and local coaches partake in this very special week. In addition, the camp partners with the Island Rec, Hilton Head Island High School, and the Hilton Head Island Fire Department and EMS. This year the organization is seeking to partner with intentionality with local churches.
The Wetherington family and the Week of Champions organization has watched God at work for so many years. The Christ-centered relationships formed through Week of Champions are powerful and life-altering. With so many people coming together to serve God and witness to His glory, it truly is an empowering 5-day journey. Testimonies from our professional athlete/coaches, some of whom have visted Hilton Head for this camp for 25 years, will testify to how this camp has changed their lives and the lives of their families. We pray that our campers leave every day with some gained sports knowledge and friendship, but more importantly, knowing that Jesus died for them and that God's love is immeasurable.
Prayfully consider giving your time and talents to Week of Champions.