Itís Fun and Games at WPI Summer Sports Camps

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5706

WORCESTER, Mass. The schoolbooks may be put away, but summer will still hold plenty of learning experiences for young students. Summer sports camps at Worcester Polytechnic Institute allow youths from ages 7 to 18 to improve their athletic ability, develop teamwork skills, and create new friendships.

WPI sports camps for summer 2004 include baseball, co-ed basketball, co-ed rowing, field hockey and soccer.

Baseball Camp

This camp will incorporate drills and actual play to improve individual skills.

When Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 7 to 13 years old
Tuition $175, includes lunch daily
Camp Director Chris Robertson, WPIís head baseball coach

Co-ed Basketball Camp

The camp (offered twice this summer) will help students learn and improve basketball and life skills.

When Week 1, Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 9 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
or Week 2, Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 8 to 17 years old
Tuition $175, includes lunch daily
Camp Director Chris Bartley, WPIís head menís basketball coach

Co-ed Rowing Camp (for residents and commuters)

This camp, for high school athletes of all levels, will be held on Lake Quinsigamond.

When Monday, July 5 - Saturday, July 10
Ages 13 to 18 years old
Tuition, Resident-camp $540, includes room and board
Tuition, Commuter-camp $390, includes lunch daily
Camp Director Larry Noble, director of WPI Rowing and head of WPIís menís crew

Field Hockey Evening Camp

This camp will offer instructional sessions focusing on techniques and tactics, as well as plenty of game play.

When Week 1, Monday, June 28 - Thursday, July 1 - 6 to 10 p.m.
or Week 2, Monday July 19 - Thursday, July 22 - 6 to 10 p.m.
Ages 8 to 17 years old
Tuition $135
Camp Director Johanna DiCarlo, WPIís head field hockey coach

Co-ed Soccer Camp

This camp will offer instruction and training in both skill development and game tactics for soccer players of all levels.

When Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 8 to 17 years old
Tuition $175, includes lunch daily and a soccer ball for each camper
Camp Director Malcolm MacPherson, WPIís head soccer coach.

Girls Elite Soccer Camp

This new soccer camp will focus on skill development and game tactics for upper-level soccer players under the instruction of national and international players and coaches.

When Sunday, July 25 - Thursday, July 29 - 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ages 15 to 18 years old
Tuition $150, includes camp shirt and a soccer ball for each camper
Camp Instructors Mike Lavigne (former head coach of Boston Collegeís womenís soccer team)
Rick Copland (former coach of the Boston Renegades and Opus County Soccer Club)
Jen Meade (goalkeeper of the U.S. National Team pool and the Boston Renegades Team)
Mary Gaurino (All-American player at Boston College)

WPI sports camps are staffed by many of the best college and high school coaches in New England, and they provide opportunities to play on some of the finest athletic facilities in the northeast, including WPIís OmniTurf field.

"We incorporate intensive skill development, practice and games every day," says Gregory A. 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."

For more information or to register for WPIís sports camps, visit the Web site.

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 first-rate research laboratories support masterís and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology.