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Cody Sarensen coaches a participant at the No Limits Basketball camp.

Photo courtesy of: Lancaster campus

Cody Sarensen

(Left to right) Sarensen, CEO and Superintendant Farifield Co. Board of Developmental Disablities John Pekar and Chabor Rea.

Photo courtesy of: Lancaster campus

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Ohio University Lancaster student wins another award for No Limits Basketball Camp


An Ohio University Lancaster Campus student has another award to put on his book shelf. But for Cody Sarensen, the awards are not about him, they are about the people he is helping.

Sarensen was given an Ohio Public Images Award of Merit for his work promoting awareness of those with developmental disabilities. Ohio Public Images is a consortium of public relations professionals representing the developmental disabilities community in Ohio. Sarensen was nominated for the award by the Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

“It felt pretty special. It definitely drives me more inside to do what I do to the best of my ability,” said Sarensen. “When I first found out, I was shocked. I felt pretty honored to be a part of that.”

Sarensen was awarded for his work organizing the first No Limits Basketball Camp. The three-day camp, held last summer on the Lancaster campus, gave about 60 participants with and without disabilities an opportunity to learn new basketball skills while learning about each other.

“It was about giving kids the opportunity to be part of something larger than themselves,” said Sarensen. “I knew not all the kids that had developmental disabilities were able to be part of a camp or athletic event.”

In February, Sarensen was named the Youth Hero at the Fairfield County American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.

Sarensen says the awards are nice, but seeing the success of the program is better. Another No Limits Basketball Camp will be held this summer on the Lancaster Campus and Sarensen says he’s expecting about 100 participants to register. People ages 9 to 21 can sign up for the camp.

The 21-year old is a junior at the Lancaster campus and is a communications major. He graduated from Lancaster High School and hopes to stay in the community when he graduates. Sarensen would like to get a job working with those who have developmental disabilities in the Lancaster-area.

The second No Limits Basketball camp is scheduled for July 9, 10 and 11.

Sarensen won his Ohio Public Images award with NBC 4 News Anchor Cabot Rea and Lancaster Eagle Gazette Photographer Ty Wright.