International Track Star Surprises Campers

International track star Lolo Jones joined Citadel Corps day campers in a game of dodgeball when she paid a surprise visit yesterday. (Photo by Arvid Huisman)

International track star Lolo Jones paid a surprise visit to The Salvation Army’s Citadel Community Center (Corps) and Summer Day Camp in Des Moines, Iowa yesterday. Jones and an NBC television crew visited the center to help tell the story of how her family lived at The Salvation Army center during a time of homelessness when she was a child. Lolo was active in the Corps’ children’s ministries while she was growing up.

After playing an intense  game of dodgeball with the day camp children, Lolo encouraged them to reach for their goals. All the kids, and Lolo, had a blast!

The NBC crew captured video of Lolo Jones and the day campers in preparation for coverage of Lolo prior to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The footage is expected to be broadcast in August 2012, but the film crew director said some of the video may be shown on NBC’s Today Show sooner.

Jones, an Olympic hurdler from Des Moines, is a two-time world indoor champion. She won her second outdoor national title in the 100-meter hurdles at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines on June 26 with a time of 12.69 seconds.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s work in Des Moines, visit their website at www.salvationarmy-desmoines.org.

Information provided by The Salvation Army’s Western Division.