In helping to keep the youth of the nation busy this summer, the University of The Bahamas (UB) is set to host the 13th Annual UB Summer Sports Camp at the university’s Oakes Field campus from June 24 to July 19.
The camp will be geared toward boys and girls from the ages of eight to 13.
There will be four sporting disciplines that will be taught at the camp – basketball, track and field, soccer and swimming. Apart from these sporting disciplines, the campers will be provided with leadership skills training.
Sean Bastian, camp organizer, said: “The camp consists of age appropriate skill-based instructions and will promote sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork and self-confidence.”
Coaching basketball will be experienced women’s basketball coach Charlene Smith. Guiding the swimmers will be Glendina Dorsette. Ken Mullings, UB decathlete and men’s national record holder in the decathlon, will be coaching the track and field aspect of the camp.
With the camp being held on the Oakes Field campus, the campers will get a first-hand view of the facilities that the university has to offer. They hope that parents will look at it from the perspective of making UB their first institution of choice after their kids graduate from high school. In addition, the campers will be taken on a tour of UB’s bookstore, cafeteria, labs and classrooms, so they get the university environment experience.
“Over the years, I’ve seen a number of participants join the college as students and they got a good head start by attending the camp. There’s a possibility that some of the participants can eventually earn athletic scholarships to UB as others have done in the past,” Bastian said.
The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Monday to Friday. Every 45 minutes, campers will rotate disciplines so they can get a chance to go through the skillsets of all the sports.
Apart from the four disciplines, the campers will be going on a field trip every Wednesday for two and a half hours at a time. The field trips include visits to places such as Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace, Galleria Cinemas and EduCulture Bahamas to get them exposed to arts and craft in the Bahamian community.
Bastian added that those who are wishing to participate in the camp should bring their own towels, swim caps and goggles; wear appropriate swim attire; bring a water bottle; bring slippers for the pool area; be sure to pack sunscreen; wear appropriate sporting attire and sneakers daily; bring their own soap or shampoo for pool rinsing; bring a lunch bag or purchase meals and arrive on time.
Bastian knows that safety is a big issue and reassured parents that the campus is secured with 24-hour security and is centrally located for easy pick-up and drop-off.
Campers can attend for one week, two weeks or three weeks if they cannot do the full month.
The full month costs $210. The cost of three weeks is $185. The one-week and two-weeks costs are $130 and $155 respectively.
The camp will also be providing an aftercare program from 2-5 p.m. for $20 per week.
Interested persons can contact Bastian at telephone number (242) 302-4591 or at e-mail address [email protected], for more information.
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