Gov. McAuliffe visits Va. Beach for JT’s Camp Grom groundbreaking

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe traveled to Virginia Beach Friday afternoon for the groundbreaking of a one-of-a-kind place for people with disabilities.

JT’s Camp Grom is a 70-acre site off Birdneck Road where wounded veterans, families of the fallen, and those with special needs will be able to play and grow. When construction is complete, it will be an adventure camp with rope courses, lakeside trails and fitness activities.

Photos: JT’s Camp Grom groundbreaking

A group of young men called “Virginia Gentlemen” raised the $20 million dollars to build the facility. They came together about  eight years ago and have raised millions of dollars through their JT Walk. They support ALS research, bought an ambulance for CHKD and built Grommet Island Park for disabled visitors at the south end of the boardwalk.

Now they’ve taken on this enormous project — and without asking taxpayers to foot the bill. That was enough to get Gov. McAuliffe to fly down from Richmond to check it out.

Its the only camp of its kind on the East Coast, and it’s the brainchild of local developer Bruce Thompson. Founders of the project hope activities and programs at Camp Grom will help campers gain new confidence that they will take with them into everyday life.

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