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Sports / Recreation

Fun is name of the game at summer youth camps

July 13, 2012

Outreach programs in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, including Youth Sport Camps, are promoting physical activity, wellness, and disease prevention concepts. Tell that to the kids though, and they will translate it to one word: fun!

Basketball, one of the many sports offered at the camps, celebrated “Team Colors Day” one recent Friday in CSU’s Moby gym, where the kids got on their team colors and school spirit and played a tournament against each other.

The camp counselors, made up of primarily health and exercise science students, teach technique, rules of the game, and skills, with a big dose of encouragement for each child.

Students enjoy working with youth

Erin DeYoung (pictured), Youth Sport Camps basketball coordinator and a sophomore in the sports medicine concentration, has been involved in athletics her whole life in Fort Collins where she grew up. “I like to teach and it’s awesome to be able to instill a passion for physical activity in kids. It’s all around fun and I couldn’t ask for a better summer job,” she said. DeYoung plans to go on to physician assistant school after she finishes her Health and Exercise Sciences degree and hopes to become an orthopedic physician assistant.

A.J. Alt is a senior in the health promotion concentration. Alt is from Littleton, Colo., and played three sports in high school.  “As a counselor, I like meeting the kids and seeing them gain confidence as they get better at something. I love to see them smile when they learn new skills,” he said. Alt’s mother is a teacher so he has been around kids often. He plans a career in either corporate fitness working with adults, or in a setting similar to Youth Sports Camps working with children.

Kids having a blast

A random sampling of kids agreed with the counselors. All were having a great time whether playing baseball, softball, soccer, or participating in the music and movement camp. “I like to run with my friends and have fun,” said one seven-year-old. 

“I liked the water play day and learning to hit in baseball camp,” said an eight-year-old.

“The counselors are cool and really nice. I learned a lot from them,” said a fifth-grader.

The Youth Sport Camps offer a wide range of sports and activities to get elementary school-aged kids moving this summer. Plus all of the camps have swimming time in the CSU pools. Some camps include field trips to local attractions.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: (970) 491-5182