The difference between player and prayer is a single letter. For Larry D. Camic at Harrodsburg Baptist Church, the tiny distinction is fitting. As minister of recreation and outreach for the 900-member congregation, it's his calling to bring the two together.
Camic's job got a whole lot easier when the church opened its new recreation center in January. A striking facility that includes basketball courts and a walking track, the gym has become a community focal point.
Call it an exercise in faith.
Since it opened officially Jan. 2, the 9,000-square-feet gym has attracted a multitude from a broad swath of society. On a recent afternoon Camic surveyed the basketball court and noted an ethnically diverse collection of players. That's just the way he likes it.
"We don't turn away anyone," Camic said. "We try to reach out to all people."
The outreach has been an unqualified success.
The center, which cost $1.35 million to build, has 160 kids in grades 1-6 in its Upward basketball league for kids. Camic expects 300-350 next year.