- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two University of South Carolina music graduates are using funds they won in an entrepreneurial contest to start an opera camp for at-risk teens.

The program begins Monday and runs for two weeks at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

USC spokeswoman Peggy Binette says Brenton O’Hara and Kate McKinney are using $20,000 in winnings they received from a “Proving Ground” competition that seeks out startup ideas at the university.

The camp is for students ages 12 to 18 and combines music with life-building lessons in teamwork, physical health, confidence and leadership.

The camp culminates with an opera performance on July 31 at the Columbia Music Festival Association.

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