Hosting Jeopardy! Dr. Sanjay Gupta chose Odyssey camps as his featured charity, with $231,059 going to the education program. Executive Director Jeff Cohen said the money will be used by the organization to continue fulfilling its mission to its scholars.
Jeopardy! matches the cumulative winnings of all contestants who compete, donating the proceeds to the charity of the guest host’s choice, according to its website.
Gupta is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, reports health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and regularly contributes to CNN.com.
Odyssey’s slogan is: A Quest for Knowledge | A Path to College. It also bills itself as Atlanta’s alternative to summer camp.
It works with public school students to help improve their school performance and instill a love for lifelong learning. Targeting Atlanta public school students in rising grades 1 to 12 from underserved communities, Odyssey offers an educational six-week summer camp experience for nearly 400 students, focusing on STEAM — science, technology, art, engineering, and math — through a curriculum grounded in project- based learning. Odyssey encourages students to embark upon a quest for knowledge and a journey toward higher education.