More 120 area children attended the first-ever Heidelberg University All-Sports Youth Camp on Monday. Hosted by the Office of Athletics and sponsored by Viewpoint Graphics, the event was designed to introduce local students to many of the varsity sports that the university sponsors. Children attended three sessions, choosing one from each of the three sport seasons.
"Our hope was to get the students on campus and have them interact with our dynamic coaching staff," said Director of Athletics Matt Palm. "We were extremely pleased by such a wonderful turnout."
The Heidelberg coaches created practice sessions that were both fun and instructional. In the football session, a group of budding wide receivers were allowed to practice touchdown dances after making receptions.
"We wanted to get our campers excited about football and the other sports," said Head Coach Scott Donaldson. "I hope we were able to express the importance of being a multi-sport athlete."
A cohort of 10 children involved with the group SMYL - Seneca Mentoring Youth Links - attended the event through a generous donation from an anonymous donor.
"We are already looking ahead to how we can make next year's camp even better," concluded Palm.