Story & History

The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization the CJ Stewart Foundation (CSF) and its camp location Down Range was founded by CJ Stewart. CJ was a high school student-athlete at Madison Ridgeland Academy (’03-’07) and a medic for the 502nd Infantry Regiment of 101st Airborne Division (’09-’12). He is now a combat-wounded Purple Heart Recipient who received a second chance at life.

CJ and Dani Confidence ClimbAfter coming home from Afghanistan, CJ developed a different outlook on his time left in this life. Many witnessed CJ overcome his adversity: resuscitation, 40 surgeries, occupational therapy, and 1.5 years recovering at Walter Reed. He learned through his experience how to overcome adversity by having a positive outlook and attitude, and to clinging to his faith in the one who spared his life, Jesus Christ.

The CSF has acted as the vehicle to drive and share CJ’s story of perseverance and hope with others also facing challenges. CJ believes he is now battle tested, and wants to allow others the opportunity to become battle tested over their own circumstance. Down Range is a 200-acre property in Clinton, MS (previously known as Camp Kickapoo), serving as CSF’s military-themed outdoor adventure camp.