Youths and Adults Win at WPI Summer Sports Camps

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, Mass. - March 25, 2003 - Baseball, Co-Ed Basketball, Youth and Adult Rowing and Field Hockey are just some of the sports camps offered by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Department for summer 2003.

"We incorporate intensive skill development, practice and games every day," said Gregory Snoddy, Director of Healthy Alternatives, Recreation and Club Sports at WPI. "The campers will learn new skills, meet new friends and also be a bit tuckered out at the end of the day," he smiled. Registration forms for all camps are available at http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Summer.

Camps for summer 2003 include:

Baseball Camp - Monday, June 23-Friday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. open to youth 7-13 years old. Tuition is $175 for the week and includes lunch daily. Camp Director is Chris Robertson, WPI's head baseball coach. The camp will incorporate drills and actual play to improve individual skills.

Co-ed Basketball Camp - Week 1, Sunday, June 29 - Thursday, July 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or Monday, July 14-Friday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is open to youth 8-17 years old. Tuition is $175 for the week and includes lunch daily. Camp Director is Chris Bartley, WPI's head basketball coach. The camp will help students learn and improve basketball and life skills.

Co-ed Rowing Camp for residents and commuters - Monday, July 7-Saturday, July 12 for youth aged 13 to 18 years old. Resident camp tuition is $525 including room and board; commuter camp tuition is $375 and includes lunch daily. Camp Director is Larry Noble, Director of Rowing and head of WPI's men's crew. This camp, for high school athletes of all levels is held on Lake Quinsigamond.

Weekend Rowing Camp for Adults - Saturday, July 19-Sunday, July 20. The camp is for adults only and tuition is $150 for the weekend, including lunch on both days. Camp Director is Larry Noble. The camp is designed for adults wanting to learn to row or improve their skills.

Field Hockey Evening Camp, Monday, July 14-Thursday, July 17 from 6 to 10 p.m, is open for youth aged 8-17. Cost is $135. Camp Director is Johanna DiCarlo, WPI's head field hockey coach.

Field Hockey Day Camp, Monday, July 21 - Friday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is open to youth aged 8-17. Tuition is $175 including lunch daily. Camp Director is Johanna DiCarlo. Both field hockey camps offer instructional sessions focusing on techniques and tactics, as well as plenty of game play.

Co-ed Soccer Camp, Monday, July 28-Friday, August 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is open to youth aged 8-17 years old. Tuition is $175 for the week, including lunch daily and a soccer ball for each camper. Camp Director is Malcolm MacPherson, WPI's head soccer coach. This new soccer camp will offer instruction and training in both skill development and game tactics for soccer players of all levels.

Campers receive a T-Shirt for each camp they attend. For more information on WPI's Sports Camps, visit the website at www.wpi.edu/Academics/Summer.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPI's innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.