Game On! UNC-Asheville Youth Camps

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Game On! UNC-Asheville Youth Camps

Coaches and Players Welcome Kids To Campus

unca2UNC-Asheville is giving your kids a chance to get in the game, with another summer of youth athletic camps.

Counselors are University coaches and student athletes. The campers’ experience in Kimmel Arena might just lead them to a hall of fame.

“These camps are how it started for all of coaches and current players,” says UNCA Men’s Basketball Coach Nick McDevitt. “We can all think back to when we first started going to camp and the main thing that really gets you started that early is because you’re having fun doing it. We tell our players every year as camp time comes around, ‘make sure you’re engaging with them, because I am sure you can recollect back to when you were going to camp when you were six, seven or eight years old as well’.”

Whether your kids enjoy pick-up games in the driveway or have participated in team sports, there’s a camp experience for them.

“We’ll have a wide variety of skill levels from beginners to those who want to make their middle school, JV and varsity teams to guys that also would love to play college basketball one day as well.”

There are day camp programs for kids as young as 6 in basketball, baseball, and soccer. The volleyball camp is for girls 6 to 12, and includes day camp or overnight option.

unca3“The vibe of the camp is upbeat, high-energy, and a lot of expectation and enthusiasm from the counselors,” says Women’s Basketball Coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “A typical camp day consists of fundamental drills, learning the rules of basketball, a lot of teamwork and then the afternoon consists of competition and working 5-on-5 and 3-on-3. Also, we incorporate little things like talent shows and theme days, so the kids can dress up. We have a blue and white day and we have a crazy sock day.”

The Monday through Thursday day camps range from $270 to $350, and includes lunch for campers each day.

“I think it’s a camp with a personal touch,” Coach Brenda adds. “We really give a lot of individual care to the campers and make sure that they have not only a great basketball experience, but also a good learning experience and a lot of fun while they’re learning the game because we want to make it interesting to them.”

Get more info and register for UNC-Asheville sports camps here.

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