George Washington men's squash senior Josh Marks has been named GW's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for his dedication to serving the community during the month of September.
A member of the men's squash team, Marks has volunteered as a member of the GW chapter of Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem provides a free one-week summer camp for children of past and present cancer patients. This year, GW had 110 campers aged 6-18 come over the course of two weeks.
At Kesem, Marks was a counselor for the 'Teen Unit,' where he helped facilitate a peer-support network amongst his campers to help build their confidence and strengthen their communication skills.
"Throughout the week it became very clear to me how important camp is to all of these kids," said Marks. "All of our campers were amazing kids, who unfortunately have a lot of really tough things going on in their lives. Camp really helps make a difference. It's not only a chance for them to get away from reality and have an incredibly fun week away from home, but it also helps them connect with other kids their age in similar situations. This one week a year provides them with lifelong friends who serve as an incredibly important support network."
Although Marks has participated in other community service projects while at GW, Camp Kesem remains his favorite.
"It was great to see how much fun the campers had and how important it was to them, but I think that I probably had just as much fun as they did, maybe more. That's what makes Kesem so great; It makes such a huge impact while also being the best week of the year for everyone involved."