Athletics Has Active Summer Filled with Camps and Training Opportunities



More than 400 campers registered to attend one of seven Meredith College summer sports camps, and participants continue to sign-up. In spite of the July heat, last week’s first Summer Laxin’ Camp brought more than 100 youth lacrosse players to campus for a weeklong, half-day experience spread across two fields.

The third annual basketball camp filled the gym with current and alumnae Meredith athletes leading more than 20 youth players in skill and strategy sessions alongside Head Coach Melinda Campbell.

Assistant Soccer Coach Ashley Riggs launched the camp lineup last month with her two, weeklong soccer camp sessions. Riggs and her team of coaches hosted approximately 100 youth players during the third consecutive summer soccer camps.

Meredith Vincent hosted her first summer tennis camp since joining the athletics staff last fall and hopes to recruit a larger roster next year. Vincent will continue to lead the new Meredith USTA Play Day series, which begins again in September. The weekly sessions introduce competition to young players with a fun, low pressure format.

Fiona Barkley closes out the camp schedule next week with her day and overnight volleyball camps. The only Meredith coach to host an overnight camp experience, Barkley will continue her strong tradition of a quality summer camp experience for beginner-to-advanced players. Register online today!

Two Meredith athletics staff members took advantage of unique opportunities this summer. Head Athletic Trainer Sharon Malley served as the certified athletic trainer for the U.S. Under-20 Women's Soccer National Team at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, in May. Twenty-seven perspective players considered for the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup team gathered for an intense week of training.

The 2013 USA South Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year Amy Olsen traveled to Denver, Colorado, at the end of May to attend the prestigious NCAA Women Coaches Academy. Forty-one head and assistant coaches from all three NCAA divisions gathered for an intense, weeklong training program to develop personal coaching skills, learn program management strategies, and understand the history of women in athletics. Even after a nearly 20-year coaching career, Olsen ranks the academy as the “single best professional development opportunity [she’s] had.”

Follow Meredith’s continued athletic success at goavengingangels.com.

--Submitted by Wendy Jones, sports information director

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