Check out what some of our previous campers and volunteers think of Higher Heights!

“I joined Higher Heights in 2010 as a camper. I had such a great time that I continued to go every year, and now I’m a volunteer. Higher Heights helped me to grow athletically. But more importantly, it has taught me how to work on a team, be a better person in society, and be a stronger Christian. I also see this in many of the former campers who are now volunteers.”

Jonathan L.

“I volunteered for Higher Heights for 3 years and I have always admired the hard work people pour into camp, bounded by the dedication they have for basketball, youth, and God. Higher Heights has always been very inclusive; the environment is not embedded upon winning or losing, who’s better and who isn’t, no matter how unskilled or skilled your basketball skills are, whether you’re a believer or non-believer, everyone is able to enjoy and be a part of something which is more important than anything.”

Ivy Y.

“Higher Heights used something that I loved like basketball as a medium to introduce me to a God who has shown me the greatest love.”

Brian L.

“Higher Heights is more than just basketball. I didn’t expect to create friendships that lasted more than 5 years.”

Tommy W.

“Higher Heights is playing basketball every week. It’s teammates cheering for you on the sidelines. It’s having coaches who guide you. It’s learning about God’s love. It’s a pretty good weekend.”

Kelvin M.

“As both a camper and a volunteer, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of new friends. It has allowed me to grow more mature as a person, become a better teammate, and take care of those around me.”

Paul K.

“I love Higher Heights because everyone treats each other like family. No matter how competitive some games can get, at the end of the day, everyone is always helping out someone else. I also love seeing the older kids helping the younger kids score the basketball.”

Phil T.

“As a camper, Higher Heights gave the opportunity to make a lot of new friends and have fun in a safe environment. I was surrounded by caring camp volunteers/personnel which heavily influenced me to become a volunteer as well. As a volunteer, Higher Heights still provided a wonderful environment to have fun, engage in activities and learn from fellow peers. I learned to become more responsible and to take care of others as well. I got many opportunities to explore as both a camper and volunteer.”

Ryan T.

“Volunteering in and out of Higher Heights over the years has allowed me to witness what genuine community can look like. Solid relationships were built between volunteers as we struggled with early Saturday mornings, running drills in the sweaty gym, cheering all the campers on, and having conversations beyond our (lack of) knowledge int the game of basketball. Lasting relationships were built with campers as we worked together side by side to improve our game as a team, to give our all (which doesn’t necessarily mean having the best stats), and to see their openness to know who Jesus is and… continue again the following summer. :)”

Erin Y.

“Every year Higher Heights offers an awesome experience as a coach to see development and growth in the young players not only in basketball but also in Christ. Every year I go back because new bonds are formed with players and coaches, and it’s a super positive environment to grow in.”

Christian C.

“Although I don’t play basketball, I joined Higher Heights as a volunteer where I loved spending time with all the kids and watching them grow in their faith.”

Shirley X.

“I loved my experience volunteering at Higher Heights for 2 years because the campers brought me so much joy, and God was always so present throughout it all.”

Sharon C.

“Higher Heights combines two of the best things in one day: basketball and God. From the coaches to other campers, everyone is so supportive in helping each individual grow not only in their basketball skills, but in their faith in Christ. I loved Higher Heights as a camper and I really had so much fun and learned so much more there.”

Caleb T.

“Going to Higher Heights was one of the most enjoyable moments because the friendly environment that surrounded the campers was so fun and made things so lively. Basketball as everyone knows, can be one of the most competitive games and so, Higher Heights made sure that the teams were fair and that everyone played by the rules so there were no discrepancies. As this will be my fourth and upcoming year at Higher Heights, I cannot believe how fast time has past and the amount of friends I have made and the amount of memories that I will carry on forever.”

Ricky C.

“It was through basketball that I was first introduced to the community of Christ. It is a joy to be on the other side welcoming those seeking community.”

Tony W.

“I’ve had the privilege of serving with Higher Heights for over a decade and it’s been great to see kids from all over NYC come and learn about how to play basketball, meet new friends and get to know who Jesus is. Every year I am encouraged by the energy and excitement in the coaches and campers as we seek to understand how important God is in our lives and to grow together as a community.”

Austin W.

“Volunteering for Higher Heights has been a great experience. Higher Heights has always been a fun and supportive atmosphere. I have been blessed by getting to know and grow as a team with the campers and other volunteers each year.”

Danica L.

“I joined Higher Heights in 2014 and remained a camper for 2 years where I formed bonds and competed against others. Then when I came back for a third year, I was told that I was too old so I just became a referee. You don’t need to be an avid Christian or a good basketball player to have fun here. Me gusta pollo.”

Danny W.

“Higher Heights, despite having to wake up a LOT earlier than need be on a saturday in the summer time, is a blessing to volunteer for. Seeing your kids grow over the summers in physicality and mentality is such a joy, knowing that you have impacted them in some way.”

Ricky Y.

“It’s a great way to connect with people while playing a sport you are passionate about in a wholesome setting.”

Aaron L.

“Higher Heights is AWESOME because you get to connect with the youth in the community using basketball and you get to connect them to Jesus.  Added bonus is when you run into them in the city/Chinatown and you get to give them a fist bump.”  

Cindy L.

“I loved Higher Heights because it brought me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to make friends who had similar interests as me. It was also nice to be part of such a welcoming community!”

Rex T.

“My time as a volunteer at Higher Heights has given me the opportunity to become involved in a community of outgoing young individuals from different backgrounds who share the common love for the game of basketball. I loved every moment in which I was able to work with other volunteers to build our group together.”

Henry C.

“Higher heights has always been a place for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to learn about both God and basketball. As a volunteer, I saw the passion that campers had to compete, and hopefully this same passion will one day be to glorify God.”

Randall L.