The North Slope Borough’s “Summer Slam” of sports camps completed its inaugural season with an enthusiastic response from the participants, volunteers, staff, and community members.
The volleyball camp kicked off the excitement June 8th-12th in Atqasuk with several college coaches and professional trainers working the event. Over 25 boys and girls from seven North Slope Borough communities attended the event while Barrow hosted their own version of the summer slam activities. The camp schedule for volleyball included a morning workout session, skill development, team concepts, game play, competitions and a variety of sports games.
The volleyball camp was quickly followed by the basketball camp, June 22-28 in Point Hope. As word spread across the Slope about the fun and learning that took place at the volleyball camp, the numbers doubled for basketball with over 50 students participating. Aspiring future stars had a great time with morning workouts, skill development, physical workouts, team concept development, team shooting, contests, game play and tournament conducted by college coaches and former professional players. Of the 50+ kids, 8 boys and 8 girls were selected, based on their skill, attitude, and ability, to become part of a travel team.
The travel team left the Slope under the tutelage of former college player and current Point Hope coach Ryan Rock and current Lebanon Valley college coach Amy Sokaitis. The opportunity to travel exposes the best talent on the North Slope to players and teams from different regional locations. This exposure will encourage and entice our NSB kids to practice harder, work on skill development and to spread the word for future opportunities. Travel tournament play also gives the NSB kids a chance to create friendships, explore their passions outside of basketball, and to dream bigger. What a great opportunity!
The final summer event was the running camp hosted by Anaktuvuk Pass and went from August 3rd through the 7th. The kids had an amazing time. There were 25+ kids representing the seven villages. Again, the staff included college running and track coaches, as well as former college standout athletes. The schedule resembled this: stretching and warm-up exercises in the morning, followed by a 3-5 mile run, body workouts, technique training, other activities (basketball, volleyball, ping pong, and other various activities to stay active) followed by another evening run. The kids are primed for their upcoming cross country running season, so look out for better times from your runners!
These camps could not have been done without the help of the North Slope Borough, the Mayor and her office, the NSB school district, Challenge Life, and the many other chaperones, cooks, and coaches who put the events together and made sure the camps operated as best as possible. Thank you!