June 2, 2014
In just one week the Air Force Academy's athletic department will begin its summer sports camps for the 34th consecutive year.
This camp season will feature 20 regular camps accompanied by 10 specialty camps and will run from June 9 to July 4. All camps are led by Air Force Academy head coaches and their staff as well as a number of supplemental professional, college and high school coaches from around the country.
The camps themselves will bring more than 3,400 kids to the Air Force Academy this summer where they will not only receive first class instruction in their chosen sport, but will also get to experience the Academy as a whole. In addition to training in the same venues as Air Force's Division 1 athletes, they also get to eat in Mitchell Hall and sleep in the dorms which are managed by members of the Cadet Wing.
New to the camp program this year are adult and youth figure skating, women's soccer elite camp as well as an adult tennis camp.
The overall structure and camp curriculum has also changed this year as the AFA Sports Camp office was able to form a unique partnership with the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA) and its TrueSport Program. TrueSport is a movement that seeks to ensure a positive youth sport experience by imparting the lessons of clean competition, sportsmanship, and peak performance, and the Air Force Academy Sports Camp program is proud to be officially recognized as a TrueSport Camp this year. As a TrueSport Camp all campers will receive lessons from the TrueSport curriculum and will also be visited by TrueSport ambassadors, including current and former Olympians throughout the week of camp.
Nick Kiger, Assistant Athletic Director for Camps, Clinics and Special Events could not be more excited about the new offerings at this year's camps and feels certain they will enhance the overall camper experience.
"We are always looking for new ways to improve and grow our camps and we feel as though we have really done that this year," noted Kiger. "Creating new camps and hiring some of the top talent in the country to lead them was a huge win for us and then partnering with USADA was the icing on the cake. USADA's TrueSport program adds a whole other dimension to our camps and I know every camper is going to benefit from the well thought out curriculum the team at USADA has created." This year there will be campers from all 50 states, many of whom are return campers, something Kiger is also particularly proud of.
"Our camp program has a stellar reputation thanks to our coaches' dedication and the buy-in and support from the entire athletic department," said Kiger. "This year we have more than 1,000 returning campers and that is a testament to the rich history and quality of AFA Summer Sports Camps."
The camps themselves are available to kids ages 8-18 and although camps are filling fast, there is still time to register. All AFA camp information and registration is available online at www.goairforcefalcons.com/camps
For any further questions regarding the 2014 AFA Sports Camps, please contact the Camps office at 719.333.2116.