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Congressman Hal Rogers Visits Camp Unite at Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Friday, July 27th, Camp Unite campers at the University of the Cumberlands (UC) received a special visit from Congressman Hal Rogers during their final day of camp. The camp is held by Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) a regional drug prevention and awareness program.

Camp Unite just finished its 6th annual camp that was held on the University of the Cumberlands (UC) campus. This year’s camp had over 230 kids, all eager to hear the words of encouragement that Congressman Rogers had to share.

It was the first time in the six-year history of Camp UNITE that the congressman has been able to come speak with the children, according to UNITE Director Karen Kelly.

“He’s usually out fighting the good fight in Washington and trying to help eastern Kentucky,” said Kelly, who has worked with the congressman on the UNITE programs for the past 17 years.

“You will make choices everyday from the types of friends you have to the people you’re seen with; all these decisions are yours,” declared Congressman Rogers. “Take the lessons you’ve learned here home to share with family and friends. Help lead them to stay on the straight path and not fall off.”

The congressman also talked about the importance of going to college and figuring out what you want to do with your life. “I want every single one of you going to college,” exclaimed Rogers. “I hope you go to a college near home in Southeastern Kentucky, but if not then make sure you attend somewhere. Prepare for college and find something you like to do.”

After speaking with Congressman Rogers and getting photo opportunities, the campers took pledges and signed contracts to stay drug free while receiving their champion medals. The congressman’s final words were, “stay clean, stay away from the wrong people, and stay the great person you are.”

This camp was created through the efforts of Kentucky fifth district Congressman Hal Rogers, who worked to create Operation UNITE after reading a number of articles in the Lexington Herald-Leader regarding the spreading drug problem in Eastern Kentucky. Operation UNITE not only works with children and teenagers, but also with citizen groups and community leaders in 29 Eastern Kentucky counties to stop the flow of drugs into the region and to educate citizens of all ages on the dangers and consequences of illegal drug use.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.