Summer Sports Camps and Programs for Kids
June 4-Aug. 9
First Tee Summer Program
The First Tee of Fort Smith will hold three sessions this summer. Participants from the ages of 3 to 17 receive golf instruction along with First Tee's Nine Core Values for character growth. Besides golf, life skills are learned in the First Tee program. Special programs this summer are planned for boys and girls, including a Pink Ladies Tournament and Boyz of the T Tournament. Girls ages 5-17 may participate in a special LPGA Mind & Body Initiative to be held June 5-July 25. The initiative focuses on physical activity, nutrition, body image and stress, as well as having healthy habits physically, emotionally and socially. The First Tee of Fort Smith, 5800 Geren Road , Fort Smith. 479-648-9833 thefirstteefortsmith.org
June 1-Aug. 1
Fort Smith Juniors Volleyball Little Spikers Registration
This summer developmental volleyball program for girls and boys ages 6-10 focuses on the "fun-damentals" of volleyball. Children will learn and build volleyball skills through easy-to-remember keys, competitive drills and games in a high-energy environment. Practices begin Aug. 1. Register by e-mail only at firstname.lastname@example.org. $50. 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Fort Smith Juniors Volleyball Complex, 4721 Zero Street (next to Trane), Fort Smith.
Hardscrabble Kids Camp
The three-day camp for kids 4-12 includes tennis, games, swimming and more. Each camper receives a T-shirt and lunch is provided. $155, members; $175, nonmembers. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Hardscrabble Country Club, Tennis Area, 5211 South Cliff Drive, Fort Smith. 479-782-6132
First Serve Tennis Camps
The First Serve tennis camps introduce beginning tennis to players ages 5 to 16. The staff and volunteers of First Serve use QuickStart curriculum with the support of the Western Arkansas Tennis Association and the Arkansas Tennis Association. Team Tennis for youth teaches the fundamentals of tennis quickly with heavy emphasis on fun and group activities, as opposed to formal instruction and drills. Four camp sessions are offered this year: June 3-7 and June 10-14 at the Creekmore Park Tennis Facility; June 17-21 at Greenwood High School and June 24-28 at Alma City Tennis Courts. Two clinic times are offered at each camp. Racquets are available for $15. Parents may register kids online by downloading and returning forms or visiting the FCA headquarters in advance of the tennis camp dates. $25, includes instruction and camp T-shirt; $20 additional weeks, instruction only. FCA First Serve Tennis, 3223 Old Greenwood Road, Fort Smith. 479-649-8815 arkansasfca.org
UAFS coaches offer expertise in sports instruction
The UAFS Lions Athletic Department holds sports camps in basketball and volleyball for all ages of students. Learn from the coaches who lead the outstanding Lions athletic teams in camps geared to lead each player to his or her personal best. All sessions will be held in the Stubblefield Center. Entry forms can be picked up at the athletics office in Stubblefield Center or downloaded on-line. UAFS Stubblefield Center, 5402 Kinkead Avenue, Fort Smith. uafslions.com.
Girls Basketball Shooting Camp - Grades 3-8
June 5-7, June 26-28, Aug. 5-7 Conducted by UAFS women's basketball coach Louis Whorton, the camp consists of all phases of shooting the basketball. Players will be videotaped and critiqued by the coaching staff, and will learn 10 shooting drills to use at home. $80, includes T-shirt. 9 a.m.-noon.
Girls Individual Volleyball Camp - Grades K-12
June 12-14, July 15-17 UAFS men's basketball coach Josh Newman will focus on the fundamentals of shooting, ball-handling, passing, defense and rebounding. $80, includes T-shirt and certificate. 9 a.m.-noon.
Boys Basketball Individual Skills - Grades 1-9
June 17-19 Led by UAFS volleyball coach Jane Sargent. $80, includes T-shirt. Grades K-7 - 9 a.m.-noon; Grades 8-12 - 1-4 p.m.
Boys Basketball Elite Camp - Grades 6-12
June 25-26 UAFS men's basketball coach Josh Newman will lead players in improving fundamental skills through a college practice format and implementing those skills in 5-on-5 games. $80 overnight campers, includes two meals, housing and T-shirt; $50 commuters, includes T-shirt. 6-8:30 p.m. June 25, 8:30-11 a.m. June 26.
Boys Basketball Shooting Camp - Grades 3-12
Aug. 1-2 Coach Josh Newman teaches shooting fundamentals, action drills and the mechanics of shooting. $60, includes T-shirt. 9 a.m.-noon.