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Summer Camps Expanded

Sports Sessions Open to Kids of All Ages

By Jessica Provan

UMass Lowell staff and students are teaming up to host a number of sports-related summer camps starting in June, in addition a host of non-sports camps.

The newest summer camp, RecKids Summer Camp, invites children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old. The camp will be run by Devon Rembert, a staff member at the Campus Recreation Center (CRC).

“I have been working on putting together this camp since July 2009, and to this day I am continuing to work on the camp,” says Rembert. “I feel as though summer camps are always evolving; therefore, I plan on upgrading the program and making it better each year. I am really excited about the summer of 2010, when RecKids Summer Camp will be established."

The RecKids Summer Camp is a day camp that provides a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment for children. Campers will be assigned to groups according to their age. Camp activities include: arts and crafts, fitness, outdoor adventures, drama, swimming and occasional field trips.

“This camp is different for us, as most of the camps that are run on this campus are sport focused,” Rembert says. “RecKids is a recreational camp focused on youth development and helping children realize the potential in themselves, while at the same time building leadership skills, respect, teamwork, communication skills and social connections.”

The activities are organized via pre-planned, structured daily lesson plans with daily swimming and crafts, as well as one field trip a week. Theme days will be planned and separate activities are offered for younger and older age groups.

The camp begins June 28, and runs for three sessions: June 28-July 2, July 5-9 and July 12-16. Camp hours are convenient for parents who are working, with camper drop off Monday through Friday between 7:30-8 a.m. and pick-up between 4-4:30 p.m. There will also be extended hours from 4-5:30 p.m. for an additional $50 per child, per session.

For active CRC members, staff and faculty, the session cost is $200 for the first child and $150 per additional child. The cost for non-members is $250 for the first and $200 per additional child. Campers will receive a camp T-Shirt after registering and a discount for each additional child to register is offered.

A parent orientation will be held at the CRC on Monday June 14, at 6 p.m. There will be a facility tour, overview of policies, networking opportunities and staff introductions.

For more information, please contact or 978-934-2393.

Alongside this new summer camp, numerous other sports camps will be available to children of all ages.

The sports camps available are Boy’s Basketball, coached by Necus Mayne (978-934-2135) focusing on every aspect of improving skills, with 5 on 5 games, free throw competitions, and guest lectures. A girl’s basketball camp will be ran by Gia Colombo (978-934-2326), will help campers learn skills, such as passing, catching, ball handling, rebounding and shooting, with drills and video analysis.

Baseball camp will also be available, coached by Ken Harring (978-934-2344), that offers two separate weeks of camp stressing hard work, and individual and team play. For girls, Softball Academy by Harry Sauter (978-934-3977) will have three softball clinics concentrating on the fundamentals of the game, team play and constant improvement.

For ice hockey players, Blaise MacDonald’s River Hawk Hockey School will have “on ice” sessions devoted to improving skating, stick handling, passing, shooting, checking and team play. “Off ice” time will introduce basic conditioning and video analysis. MacDonald can be reached at 978-934-4954.

River Hawk Field Hockey Clinics and Summer League will be coached by Shannon Hlebichuk (978-934-3976) to help individuals with stick skill, passing techniques, shooting and defensive tactics. It will also include plyometrics, sprinting, field hockey drills and scrimmaging.

River Hawk Soccer Camp for Boys and Girls will also be on the UMass Lowell soccer field, coached by Elie Montiero (978-934-2346) alongside an experienced staff, including professional soccer players, collegiate coaches and members of the UML soccer team. Together, they will provide instruction on all aspects of the game.

For future volleyball players, Kross Kourt Volleyball Clinic and Wednesday Night Clinic will be held in Costello Gym by Karen McNulty (978-934-2319) with daily instruction to improve skills through progressive combination drills, as well as tactics and strategy in team offensive and defensive systems. McNulty will be joined by UML volleyball players and assistant coaches.

Another new camp offered at UMass Lowell is the River Hawk Overnight Rowing Camp for high school women, ages 16-19. This camp is a five-day overnight camp where students will stay in the UMass Lowell residence halls and will participate in two on-water training sessions per day, with additional video analysis and a scheduled activity every night.

The camp is $600 per camper and runs from July 19 through 23.

For more information and brochures, check the UMass Lowell  Athletics Department Summer Camp website.