Zac Brown’s Camp Southern Ground Meets Kids’ Special Needs
Zac Brown may be best known for his musical contributions, but he could add entrepreneur to his title. "There are 12 companies that I run, with a lot of help of other people," Zac tells The Boot.
Of the dozen different entities, the one foremost in Zac's mind is Camp Southern Ground, a non-profit camp south of Atlanta for, as Zac describes it, kids who are "mainstream, underprivileged and with developmental disorders."
"We'll have an organic farm there, straight farm-to-table," says the singer and band leader, who is also an accomplished chef. "The kids will be able to eat what they pull up from out the ground that day. It's a big project, a big undertaking."
Southern Ground intends to start accepting campers in 2014, but between now and then, the organization is seeking financial assistance from a variety of sources. The camp is registered as a 501c3 corporation, which means it can take donations. "We need as much help as we can get. We need corporate sponsors, individuals," Zac says.
The musician has dreamed of running a camp ever since he was a camp counselor when he was 14. "I realized the difference it can make in a kid's life," he says.
With this many companies, Zac has become an excellent multi-tasker, but being a dad remains his favorite role. When asked if he sees more children coming, the father of four girls says, "We'll see. Not right now. My wife's been unpregnant for a year now."
That's the longest she's been "unpregnant" since the couple has been married. Stating the obvious, Zac adds, "I like my wife a lot."
The Zac Brown Band will be in Oklahoma City for a concert on April 26. Keep track of the group's tour schedule here.
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