Cor Update and New Website

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The school year crept up on us before we realized we never sent out an end of spring/summer Cor update! We apologize and hope you enjoy the pictures and info that follows. It was an amazing summer, filled with a LOT of traveling and activities with guys, and even more importantly, many great conversations and relationship building. As we are now well into the school year, we miss the long days hanging out with our guys, and the guys especially miss the “no homework” nights 🙂

As always, thank you so very much for your constant support of Cor, and for believing and trusting in what we do. We absolutely know that Cor would not be possible without your support, and are appreciative that so many people love our guys (whether you’ve met them or not!) Enjoy the update!

Track and Field

At the end of the school year, Cor track and field athletes competed in the State Meet and it was an incredible display of what happens when hard work meets opportunity. We couldn’t be more proud of the humility, teamwork, and strength these athletes demonstrated!

1st Place– Nathaniel Peat (100m dash)
1st Place– Nathaniel Peat, Martez Manuel, Eli Darrough, Reece Jarvis (4×200 relay) NEW CLASS 5 STATE RECORD
1st Place– Nathaniel Peat, Martez Manuel, Eli Darrough, Reece Jarvis (4×400 relay)
1st Place– Nathaniel Peat, Kyjuan Collins, Reece Jarvis, Eli Darrough (4×100 relay)
NEW CLASS 5 STATE RECORD
2nd Place– Martez Manuel (300m hurdles) PR SET
3rd Place– Martez Manuel (110m hurdles)
PR SET

Kyjuan preparing for the 4×100 relay which they ended up taking 1st in!

Nate competing in the 100M event which he took 1st place in!

Martez competing in the 110 M hurdle event! He took 3rd place this year!

4×100 team receiving their 1st place medals!

Graduation

Graduation is always an emotional time for the staff at Cor! This year, four students graduated from Rock Bridge High School and have gone on to do some amazing things!

Kobe: Attending Missouri State University and playing football for the Bears
Don: Attending Baker University and playing football for the Wildcats
Andrew: Currently in boot-camp and will be entering the United States Army
Darius: After receiving his EMT certificate, Darius began attending Moberly Area Community College, where he is studying to be a paramedic.

Don, Darius, Andrew and Kobe at graduation

Angie with the guys at graduation

We also had our first Cor students graduate from COLLEGE!!!

Antwon: Graduated from Arkansas State University with a Communications degree, and is finishing up his last year of football eligibility this fall playing for the Red Wolves while taking more classes!

Alex: Graduated from the University of Oregon and is now playing football for Mizzou as a grad transfer! We are thrilled to have him back home!

Antwon at Arkansas State graduation

Alex with his Oregon diploma!

Jamaica Mission Trip

This summer staff members Angie, Travis, Jared, and one of our Cor volunteers, Joel, had the opportunity to travel to Harmons, Jamaica with six seniors as a part of The Crossing Jamaica Mission Trip. Martez, Marcus, Ja’Vell, Kyjuan, Mo, and Nate all showed incredible leadership and humility, as they worked in the schools helping kids improve reading skills, constructed homes alongside local Harmons’ residents, loved on people at the infirmary, and built relationships with the people of Harmons. The guys allowed themselves to be “students” as they took in everything Jamaica had to offer, and left with a love for traveling, serving others, and believe it or not, a love of no technology for the week ☺ One student even realized during the trip that he wants his future career to involve international relations, helping people in third world countries learn and develop business skills to help build up the economy in their home country. We were incredibly proud of our guys!

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Cor guys helping finish up a house they spent the week building

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Martez reading to a resident at the infirmary

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Jared and Cor guys in between work jobs!

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Marcus with his “reading pal” at the local school

Summer Camps!

27 Cor students got to “be kids” this summer as they participated in camps across the country! Whether it was Young Life camp in Michigan, or Camp Rocky Top in Tennessee with The Crossing Church, our guys had a blast white water rafting, climbing mountains, pushing themselves on rope courses, and engaging in deep conversations with leaders and each other. One student said “Camp made me realize how important us older guys are in the lives of younger Cor guys. This year I’m making an effort to mentor some of our younger guys.”

Freshman guys getting ready for the high ropes course

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Hiking in Tennessee!

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Jeremiah hanging out on the beach at Young Life camp in Michigan!

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Freshman guys during a hike in Tennessee

Saying goodbye to Rovon

This summer we tragically lost one of our Cor alum, Rovon Blocker. Rovon was one of the first guys to go through Cor, and made everyone smile whenever he walked into a room. His loud laugh, willingness to always help anyone who needed it, and his joyful outlook on life despite hard circumstances, will be the legacy he leaves at Cor. He took his job as a sanitation worker for the City of Columbia seriously, and was an amazing father. He will be fiercely missed.

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Rovon at his graduation from Battle High School

Cor Wrestling Camp

In June we hosted a wrestling camp for 3rd-5th graders and it was great getting to know the “future men of Cor” as they learned new wrestling skills and had fun running around and burning off some energy ☺ . We’re pretty sure there were a few future wrestlers in the group who we will see big things from in the next few years!

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Battle Expansion

For the past 5 years, Cor has primarily worked with students from Rock Bridge High School, and Gentry Middle School. Last year we expanded to work with Lange and Oakland Middle Schools and this fall we officially expanded to work with Battle High School. Currently 10 freshmen from Battle are attending Cor, and have been an amazing addition to what we are doing with our high school students. We look forward to working with the staff of Battle and building up the brotherhood among the boys!

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Battle freshmen at their 8th grade graduation

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Gerry and Kolin who are now Battle freshmen!

Thanks again for all your support!

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Source: Cor Update Newsletter provided by Angie Azzani, Cor Co-founder

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