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Fall 2003 Bruin Walk

Not your regular camp

By Wendy Soderburg '82

Not your regular camp

Scott Quintard, UCLA PHOTO

Basketball Coach Ben Howland

“Hello Muddah,
hello Fadduh ...”

For kids who’d rather skip the Camp Granada experience, UCLA’s sports camps provide a fun and instructive way to pass the summer. Boys and girls ages 6 to 18 can sign up for camps in 16 different sports, including baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, track and golf.

The best part? The camps are run by UCLA’s head coaches, who often hire current team members to teach the same techniques and strategies used in training the Bruin teams. Younger kids can enroll in the day camps, which typically run Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while older campers can choose the overnight option in the residence halls.

“The camps are a great way for the kids to come and interact with the coaches and players,” says Gavin Crew ’99, director of camps and clinics. “Even if you’re not going to end up at UCLA as an athlete, you can come here and get a feel for what it’s like to be on campus and see what the students are going through.”

Jasmine Wilder, 15, attended Coach Al Scates’ coed volleyball camp. “It’s hard going up against the guys, but you learn to toughen up,” she says. “I’ve watched myself get better. I’ve grown.”

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