There’s nothing quite like having the title of Song Leader at a sports camp. Despite having a history as an athlete, I knew that my first summer at 6 Points would be a little bit of a culture shock. I love sports, but music is my primary passion and I was well aware that the campers here would probably speak a different language than I did, at least when it came to talking about their favorite teams and players. What I did not expect was how open and receptive all of our 6 Points campers have been to learning and participating in new musical experiences. I am impressed every day by their capacity to grow, on and off the field.
I believe that the mark of a coachable athlete is the ability to take instruction or feedback and apply it immediately. I see this with our campers every day. A quick suggestion from a coach when it comes to footwork, focus, or any immeasurable sport specific movement usually results in instant improvement. It has been my absolute privilege to realize that our kids can also be coached through music.
A 6 Points camper is here because they want to succeed. We are designed to help them improve in the limited time we have with each child, but the fact of the matter is that the children have the internal drive to seek it for themselves. The desire to excel in not just their sport, but in every aspect of camp (music being my personal offering), carries over into mifkad boker, our morning circle, song sessions, and Shabbat t’fillot (our prayer services). With a brief centering of the mind and soul, these coachable kids can bring forth the most amazing music.
Now the song of an athlete is the most beautiful thing. All day, our kids have, for lack of a better word, been “singing” with their feet, their arms, and all the muscles in their bodies. When they get a chance to rest those things and sing from their heart and soul, we become connected as a community and as a team. I am so incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to sing with your children. I just want to conclude by saying, from the bottom of my heart, how grateful I am to our campers, our parents, and all the supporters of 6 Points for fostering the newest generation of coachable athletes who love to play, love to grow, and are learning to love to sing.
Jacob was was born and raised in Southern California and has been involved in numerous sports since he was around six years old, from the conventional soccer and water polo, to the less conventional wrestling and parkour. His biggest passion is for music. He has been playing guitar for ten years and song leading for Jewish organizations for five years now. He grew up at Jewish summer camp learning to love singing and it’s really helped him to increase his confidence in all kinds of social settings. He works to show our campers what it’s like to bring a passion for fitness and music together to make something new and exciting!