Get your kicks at camp: Fill your child's summer with sports
BY KIMBERLY ELSHAM & ANDY FRYE For Sun-Times Media
Hansa Soccer Camp
Sports summer camps are in no short supply.
For little soccer players up to a world-class approach to footy with a little German flair, Hansa Soccer Camp in Buffalo Grove lets boys and girls grow their all-around talent as well as specialize in goalkeeping and other skills. Full days and half-day camps are available.
For those whose mantra is tennis love, U.S. Sports Camps offers Nike Tennis Camps, available as overnight or day camps in several locations nationwide. Tennis players of all skill levels are accepted, and camps are lead by some of “America’s most respected college coaches and tennis professionals,” according to its website.
Locally, Northbrook Racquet Club’s Summer Junior Tennis Camp, lead by tennis pro Jimmy Dosel, Jr., and a team of seasoned pros, promises a low student-to-pro ratio. Campers hone their skills through innovative drills and games that emphasize proper hitting techniques and match-play tactics.
The North Shore Racquet Club in Northbrook hosts a variety of sports camps that don’t require club membership. The Jerry Karzen Tennis Camp has separate instructional and tournament sessions, the latter requiring camp director approval. The John Karzen basketball camp teaches fundamentals, team building and sportsmanship. Can’t decide? The two sports come together in the Tennis & Basketball Combo Camp, with one sport as the morning focus and the other as the afternoon focus.
Does your kid prefer a golf club? The Kinetic Performance Center in Glenview offers four-day summer camps for three age groups. Cyclone Camp for ages 5 to 8 teaches basic skills. Smash Camp for ages 9 to 13 stresses precision shots and athletic training. Excel Camp for ages 14 to 18 teaches advanced strategies to take athletes through high school and college levels, and beyond.
One multi-sport camp just for girls is GAME ON! Sports Camp 4 Girls that runs day camps in Lake Forest and Chicago and boasts “the widest range of sports” for your active and open-minded girl. At Lake Forest College’s athletic campus, campers experience a full range of sports including golf and horseback-riding on-site. Chicago’s day camp takes place in Lakeview where your child can enjoy multi-sport instruction in expansive courts, fields and indoor space.
In addition, the Huskie Sports Camps ran by Oak Park-River Forest High School allows boys and girls to better their fundamentals in many of the major sports. Most camps accept sixth-graders and older, but a few sports (cheer, lacrosse, basketball and wrestling) run sessions for beginners in first, second or third grade. Registration generally doesn’t begin until April, so check the website for updates.