From Court to Field and Back

Summer basketball camp keeps kids busy n the Kline Center.

Sociology major and Red Devil guard Pete Yingst '15 is one of several Dickinson athletes on hand to help run this year's summer sports camps. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

Summer sports camps thrive each year on campus

by Tony Moore

For kids around the country, summer means camp. And for local kids and others from as far north as Boston and as far south as the Carolinas, camp means the array of sports camps that Dickinson has to offer at locations around campus.

“Youth camps are great for community interaction,” says Alan Seretti, head men’s basketball coach, who has 18 years of summer camp experience. “They’re great for helping to develop basketball in the area, and the one-day camp is a great way to showcase the college to potential student-athletes.”

Kicking off with events for both adults and kids, Seretti hit the hard court in mid-June with the youth camp as Head Men’s Soccer Coach Brian Redding took to Biddle Field for the men’s soccer camp. As is always the case, Red Devil athletes are on hand to help run the camps, among them history major and basketball standout Gerry Wixted ’15.

Soccer camp participants take to the field.

Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

“As collegiate athletes, we spend the majority of the year learning from our coaching staff,” Wixted says, “so during camp, when we get to play the role of mentor for a week, we form a different kind of relationship with the kids than we have with anyone else during our time away from camp.”

With women’s and kids’ field hockey, soccer and basketball camps still to come, and men’s soccer, lacrosse and more basketball camps on the near horizon, the Kline Center, Biddle Field and the soccer complex will still see a lot of action this off-season. Throw in the Gym Rats Camp, for kids in kindergarten through grade 3, and there is something for every age.

“The best aspect of these camps definitely lies within the relationships the counselors form with the kids,” Wixted says. “I enjoy being a part of the camps because of the kids, and it’s a lot of fun to see how much some of them grow and improve from year to year.”

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Published July 8, 2014