CMC to Host Nike Sports Camps

Claremont McKenna College will be the host-site for three Nike sports camps this summer, featuring tennis, swimming, and girl’s lacrosse.

CMS men’s tennis coach Paul Settles says CMC’s outstanding coaching staff, athletic facilities, proximity to Los Angeles, and Southern California climate make the campus an ideal location for the Nike camps. The camps, he says, are for all ability levels: beginners with a passion for a sport, players looking to prep for an upcoming season, or advanced athletes already competing at an elite level.

The tennis camp, under Settles’ direction, is for juniors ages 8-18 and will feature two one-week sessions from June 19-24 and June 26-July 1. Participants will be grouped with players of their own skill level, following a personal evaluation. Each day will include morning and afternoon tennis sessions with instructions, drills, and match play. Settles, who is coaching the camp for a second time and in his first season at CMC led the Stags in 2003 to the SCIAC conference championship, says the tutelage will emphasize the value of team competition and camaraderie, and promises superior instruction with a 6:1 camper-to-instructor ratio.

Last year’s tennis camp attracted 50 participants, both from the local area and from as far as Seattle, Settles says. Participants already signed up for this year’s camp include residents of Texas, Nevada, Washington, and Florida.

The Nike swimming camp, scheduled June 19-23 for competitive swimmers ages 9-18, is a first for CMC, and will be led by head swimming coach Charlie Griffiths. “Our swimming camp is designed to be educational and fun. All the campers should learn new skills,” says Griffiths, who is entering his fourth year at CMC. Under his instruction, the CMS Stags and Athenas have won 51 events at the SCIAC Championships and have had three NCAA Champions. With an 8:1 camper-to-instructor ratio, the camp will focus on techniquerather than function as a conditioning campwith emphasis on strokes and starts and turns, he says.

In tandem with the Nike swimming camp, CMC will also host its first Nike lacrosse camp. Open to young women ages 9-18 with an 8:1 camper-to-instructor ratio, the five-day camp will be guided by CMS lacrosse coach Lauren Uhr, who has led the Athenas into their third season of Division III varsity play. “This is an opportunity for players to fulfill their goals and reach their potential by covering every facet of the game, teaching fundamentals and skills to become a valuable team player,” Uhr says. The camp is open to players of all ability levels, who will be personally evaluated and placed into a group with other players of similar age, abilities, and goals.

The camps are open to both resident and non-resident campers. Resident campers are given the opportunity to stay on campus during the duration of the camp.

For rates and additional information, call 1-800-645-3226, or visit www.USSportsCamps.com.