By Jim O'Hara
ROME--With the many Hawks and Lady Hawks teams taking a summer hiatus, Shorter’s athletic facilities welcome a number of younger athletes when the university begins hosting the annual youth sports camps that are scheduled to be held over the next two months.
Men’s head soccer coach Paulo Neto was the first out of the gate this past week when he held two Brazilian Way Soccer Camps in Rome and Calhoun, but June will usher in even more camps.
At the Robert H. Ledbetter Baseball Complex, Hawks head coach Matt Larry, his coaching staff and players will hold the first of three week-long youth camp sessions starting on Monday. The camps are for players ages 5-13 and run from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. The remaining two camps will take place June 10-14 and June 24-28.
The first week of June will also see the start of the annual Youth Tennis Camp at the Walt Attaway Tennis Complex with the first of four, four-day sessions set to begin on Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Head coach Orville Adams has three more sessions scheduled for June 10-13, June 17-20 and June 24-27.
The Shorter softball team will also be busy starting Monday when head coach Al Thomas and the Lady Hawks holds a four-day Kids Camp that will allow players ages 6-14 to develop their skills. The camp hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Alto Park Softball Complex. The following week, June 10-11, the Lady Hawks’ home diamond shifts to the mound and the plate when the annual Pitching/Catching Camp for players ages 6-14 is held from 9-11 a.m.
Ben Brady Field is in the spotlight in June as well, as football hits the turf starting June 10-13 when head coach Phil Jones and the Hawks holds their annual Youth Camp with players ages 7-12 improving their game in morning workouts that lasts from 9 a.m. to noon. On June 17-20, the Hawks welcome former NFL standouts when the Kids & Pros Youth Football Camp returns to Shorter that will be held from 6-9 p.m. and on June 29 some of the top rising high school seniors come to Shorter to take part in the Hawks’ Prospect Camp.
The outside courts and fields used by the Hawks and Lady Hawks aren’t the only Shorter facilities being used this summer as the basketball arena at the Winthrop-King Centre will also entertain youthful hopefuls.
Head coach Vic Mitchell and the Lady Hawks basketball team hits the hardwood on June 17-20 for what will be a busy Individual Camp, one that will see a half-day and a full-day sessions take place. A Junior Day Camp for players ages 5 through fourth grade will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. a Full-Day Camp takes place for players ages 9 through ninth grade.
After a break during the opening days of July, Winthrop-King gets busy again as head coach Chad Warner and the Hawks basketball team host their Youth Camp on July 22-25 from players ages 4-14. The camp is divided into two sessions, the first for those ages 4-8 from 9 a.m. to noon and the second for cagers ages 9-14 from 1-5 p.m.
The summer camp schedule concludes July 24-26 when men’s lacrosse head coach Jason Childs and the Hawks hold an Overnight Camp for players in the fifth grade and above.
For more information about all of Shorter’s summer sports camps, go to http://goshorterhawks.com/camps/campindex