August 09, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
A participant in the Mount’s volleyball camp returns a serve during practice. The camp was led by Head Volleyball Coach Mike Strano.
Mount Saint Mary College is always alive and vibrant, even in-between semesters. For example, the Mount’s athletic facilities welcomed hundreds of students this summer.
But these Mount Knights were a little younger than the average college student: About 300 children and teens enjoyed the Mount’s many public athletic camps, including basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, and swimming for boys and girls from ages 6 through 17. The camps are run by Mount coaches and student athletes.
Trevor Purcell, the Mount’s assistant director of Athletics, noted that the department puts a lot of effort into these camps each summer. The programs are aimed at not just providing athletic training, but also valuable life skills, he said.
“The camps serve as a source to promote our athletic teams and programs here at the Mount with the hopes of developing a strong relationship with the surrounding communities and youth sports programs,” he noted. “Not only do our camps teach the children sport specific skills, but other skills such as teamwork, confidence, and communication, which will help them in all areas of their lives.”
He added, “We hope that all of our campers come away with some new ways to practice and train in their specific sport. We also hope that they had fun and enjoyed their week with our players and coaches. Nothing beats watching the campers leave with a smile on their face and wanting to come back the following day to learn more.”