The Ferris State University 2012 Summer Sports Camps are filling up fast as kids can hardly wait for the fun to begin in June and July.
More than 4,100 youth attended Ferris sports camps in 2011. Last summer, campers came to Big Rapids from all over the state of Michigan and beyond. Ferris sports camp staff welcomed youth from cities both large and small, including – Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Traverse City. The camps proved attractive to international youth who visit from countries such as Canada and Spain for a taste of the Ferris athletic camp experience.
Gary Wendlowsky, Ferris’ coordinator of athletics camps, expects that number to increase with the hockey team’s historic run to the Frozen Four and the football team’s hiring of new head coach Tony Annese. Wendlowsky believes that the combination of excitement and high-caliber instruction make Ferris camps a great value for parents and young people.
“The camps provide a safe and healthy environment for kids to come and learn expertise at whatever sport they are trying to master. A lot of coaches are parents and volunteers, which gives students extra confidence,” he said. “Students try out a position they haven’t tried before and the camps give them connections with other kids that are interested in sports.”
With 15 summer sports camps and clinics to choose from, kids receive instruction from
Ferris head coaches, assistant coaches and student-athletes during a week-long camp
of their choice. Dates, age ranges and fees vary.
Summer Sports Camps
Summer Sports Clinics
Track & Field Sports Clinic
Football Coaches Sports Clinic
Softball Indoor Team Sports Clinic
Volleyball Youth Training Sports Clinic
Women's Soccer Youth Skills Sports Clinic
Women's Soccer High School Player Skills Sports Clinic
Wendlowsky explained that students are usually drawn to Ferris camps because of the summer campus atmosphere, social networking and, while laughing, he noted, “the food.” Attendees of Ferris camps dine in the award-winning Rock Café.
After being the camps coordinator for four years, Wendlowksy said that his favorite part of running Ferris’ sports camps is seeing the first group of kids arrive on campus ready for a great experience. He is always happy to see excitement – both from campers and parents. Wendlowsky has traveled to more than 150 schools in the past academic year and more than 80 ice rinks and hockey retail outlets to promote Ferris’ sports camps.
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Last updated: 04-16-2012