William H. Freeberg Scholarship Fund

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Every generation has its idealists. Not many succeed in their chosen work. Only a few remained unimpressed by their success. William H. Freeberg was one of those exceptional few.

The Legacy

The late Dr. William H. Freeberg gained international attention in the 1950's when he developed the nation's first university affiliated residential summer camp for people with physical or developmental disabilities, now known as "Camp Little Giant" at Touch of Nature Environmental Center.Dr. William H. Freeburg

Dr. Freeberg helped establish the National Special Olympics Program in conjunction with the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation. Southern Illinois University Carbondale established the Department of Recreation and Outdoor Education in 1954. Dr. Freeberg served as chair until 1965. He retired as full professor in the Department of Recreation in 1978. Throughout his career, he was committed to helping students prepare for the recreation profession and ensuring that outdoor education and recreation opportunities remained accessible to the disabled. He was instrumental in establishing the Friends of Touch of Nature, which is dedicated to supporting the goals of the Center.

The Memorial Scholarship Fund

In keeping with Dr. Freeberg's lifelong pursuit, a living memorial in the form of an endowed scholarship fund has been established to provide financial assistance in two primary areas:

  • To help underwrite camper fees for children and adults with disabilities who would otherwise be unable to attend Camp Little Giant.

  • To assist undergraduate students majoring in therapeutic recreation who have demonstrated a commitment to working with people with disabilities.

With the establishment of the foundation accounts in 1987, the Friends organization has used the Memorial Scholarship Fund to award over $100,000 for camper scholarships to over 1000 campers.

Your Contribution

We welcome your contribution in any amount.

Contribute on our Touch of Nature giving page here.

Or send a check made payable to the SIU Foundation to:

William H. Freeberg Endowment Fund
SIU Foundation
1235 Douglas Drive
Mail Code 6805
Carbondale, IL 62901-4308