Campers Return to Sports World After Tornado

By Stephania Jimenez and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 3:27 PM EDT
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Parents of campers at Sports World brought cake to camp this morning to thank the counselors who acted quickly and kept children safe during the tornado on Monday.

The  EF1 tornado was on the ground for five minutes yesterday, long enough to cause two-and-a-half miles of damage. In East Windsor, it tore apart the Sports World dome just moments after counselors received an alert and moved 29 children to safety.

Davina Dax-Rabb’s two children were inside the once-giant dome moments before the storm came through.

“You have to wake up every day feeling blessed,” she said.

Her son, Dante Rabb, was playing on the field with friends when the director of the camp told everyone to leave the dome and move into the building.

“We heard the wind and the thunder and the rain coming down,” Dante said.

No one was hurt, thanks to quick thinking by Kathy Russotto, director of the mutli-sport Funtime summer camp.

“When you’re looking out for more people, you’re more observant or more aware of your surroundings,” Russotto said.

Davina Dax-Rabb said she was “very comfortable” sending her children to camp today and that the campers are just happy the camp is still open. 

“It feels pretty good that camp isn’t shut down because this is probably one of my favorite camps of the whole summer,” said camper Jameson Secovich.

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