WILDCAT SUMMER CAMPS FOR ONE AND ALL
So do you think K-State's sports teams shut down during the summer? Well, think again. Oodles of summer camps are available starting the first week of June.
More information can be received through each team's website, but here are some of the particulars of this summer's collection of camps.
The Elite Camp on June 15-17 is the program's high-profile camp geared for the varsity player wanting to grow their game through instruction from the K-State coaches and players.
The Overnight Camp will take place on June 19-22 and is for kids ages 8-15 who want to improve on the fundamentals of their game. Along with basketball, there is plenty of time for off-court fun through a pizza party and a swimming outing.
Those attending the Elite Camp and Overnight Camp will received a camp t-shirt and K-State basketball.
All athletes will be tutored by the Wildcat staff that directed their team to the NCAA Tournament this past year, and has helped produce over 800 victories in the program's history.
For more information, go to www.ksuhoops.com.
FOOTBALL: Head football coach Bill Snyder and the Wildcat coaching staff will host eight football camps during the summer.
Kicking Camp I for those players in grades 9-12 will kick off the summer camp schedule on June 8-9, while the lone Youth Camp for those in grades 1-8 will take place on June 10.
The following day, high school teams can participate in the 7-on-7 and 5-on-5 Manhattan Shootout.
A Half-Day Camp (June 12) and High School Position Camp (June 12-14) follows for high school players before the first of two One Day Camps for players in grades 11-12 that will take place on June 18. The second One Day Camp will be for 12th graders only on July 30, while the Kicking Camp II session will take place on June 20-21 for high school athletes.
More information regarding Kansas State's 2011 football camps, including prices and registration info, is available at k-statesports.com under the camps link of the football page. Questions regarding any of the camps should be directed to the K-State football office at 785-532-5876 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: The Kansas State men's basketball program will offer five camps this summer.
Scheduled are the Overnight Camp on June 12-15, two Father-Son Camps on June 17-18 and July 16-17, Team Camp on June 24-26 and Future Wildcat and Powercat Camps on July 18-21. These camps are open to any and all entrants.
The Overnight Camp kicks off the summer season for kids in grades 4-12. The primary emphasis will be on developing fundamental skills in shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defense. Skills will be taught through instructional stations, 3-on-3 games and 5-on-5 games. The camp also features daily skills competition, dunk contests and instruction by K-State coaches and players. The cost is $375 per person for overnight campers and $275 for commuters.
Due to popularity, coach Frank Martin will offer two Father-Son Camps this summer. The camps offer fathers and sons (ages kindergarten through sixth grade) an opportunity to spend a special weekend together. Emphasis will be on teaching fundamentals to the fathers, who in turn teach them to their son. Space is limited to the first 100 Father and Son pairs who sign up. The cost is $200 per pair and $75 for each additional child.
Team camp is scheduled for June 24-26 and includes all kids in grades 9-12. The cost is $180 per camper.
There will be two day camps on July 18-21 for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. The Future Wildcat Day Camp, which is designed for youngsters in kindergarten through third grade, runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Powercat Day Camp, which is intended for kids in fourth through sixth grade, runs from 1 to 5 p.m. The primary emphasis will be basic fundamentals of dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense. The cost is $80.
Individuals can register for any of these camps by calling the men's basketball office at 785-532-6531 or toll free at 1-800-651-4667. Individuals may also download a camp brochure as well as register online at www.ksuhoops.com.
TENNIS: Head coach Steve Bietau will host four camps this summer at the K-State Recreation Center tennis courts.
The first, second and third camp sessions, QuickStart Camp I, II and III, will be for children ages 5-6, 7-9 and 10-11. These camps will begin on June 6 and conclude on June 9. The cost for either session is $35. The QuickStart Camp I will meet from 8 a.m. until 8:45 a.m., the QuickStart Camp II will meet from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., and the QuickStart Camp III will meet from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
QuickStart tennis is a new format to help kids 11 and under learn and play the game. To make it easier for them, the court sizes, the racquet sizes, the ball, the scoring system and even the net heights have all been adjusted to help the age group learn the game.
The fourth session, High School Girls Camp, will be conducted on August 1-4 and will include two daily sessions from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., with a break for lunch followed again with a second session from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The cost for this camp is $95.
The High School Camp is for players who are beginning to compete and anticipate playing on their high school team. The camp will focus on developing sound strokes, conditioning and patterns of play for both singles and doubles competition.
For more information and to register for any of the K-State Tennis Camps, visit kstatesports.com or contact Bietau by phone at 785-317-3179 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
WILDCATS IN THE NEWS
EILERT RECOGNIZED FOR VIDEO EXCELLENCE
Scott Eilert, director of video services for K-State football, was awarded first place honors for his video production editing skills in the highlight category of the Collegiate Sports Video Association's SAVVY competition. In addition, Eilert took second place in the motivational category.
The Collegiate Sports Video Association is an organization that helps to elevate the technical and personal standards of those that service their academic institution's athletics department through video and computer technology.
The organization is in its 17th year. Eilert, a K-State graduate, is a founding member of the association.
SPRADLING TO PLAY FOR AIA
K-State sophomore guard Will Spradling was among 10 student-athletes chosen to compete with Athletes In Action on a two-week tour of Macedonia and Kosovo in Eastern Europe from May 25-30.
The Kansas City, Mo., native will play with nine other student-athletes, including Big 12 brethren Cory Jefferson and A.J. Walton of Baylor and Jordan Juenemann and Jeff Withey of Kansas. Others include Colorado's Austin Dufault, Florida's Scottie Wilbekin, Indiana State's Jake Kitchell, Mercer's Langston Hall and Northwestern State's William Mosley. The group will be coached by Baylor's director of basketball operations Tim Maloney.
Spradling will depart May 19 with the team and begin a four-day training camp in Strumica, Macedonia. The squad will play a round-robin tournament May 25-30 against the U20 Macedonia national team, U20 Holland national team and selected pros from Poland and Bulgaria. The team will conclude its tour May 31 against the Kosovo national team in Kosovo's capital, Pristina.
The squad is one of eight Athletes In Action international-touring men's and women's basketball teams this summer. This will be the group's third tour of Macedonia.
CHAMBERS TO ATTEND WORLD UNIVERSITY TRIALS
Kansas State guard Brittany Chambers has accepted an invitation to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team Trials, in an announcement by USA Basketball.
The trials will take place May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Invitations to the trials were issued by the USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I women's basketball.
Chambers, a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection this season, led K-State and ranked 10th in the Big 12 in scoring with a career-high 16.1 points per game average (514 total points). The guard from Jordan, Minn., was one of two overall players in the Big 12 this season to record 500+ points, 180+ rebounds and 80+ assists and was the only sophomore guard in the country and one of 11 guards in the nation to achieve the feat.
TRIO OF DIAMOND 'CATS EARN ACADEMIC HONORS
Kansas State's James Allen, Jason King and Kent Urban were named to the Big 12's All-Academic first team on May 17 as the league released its list of 61 student-athletes who earned academic honors.
King, a redshirt junior, was one of just two players in the conference nominated with a 4.00 GPA, joining Baylor's Kolt Browder.
The three selections mark the sixth straight season under head coach Brad Hill that the Cats have placed at least three members on the first team. In Hill's eight seasons at K-State, the Cats have collected 40 academic all-conference honors, including 31 first-team designations.
King, who was also an academic all-district selection earlier this year, earned the second Academic All-Big 12 designation of his career. A marketing major, King leads the team in eight offensive categories and ranks in the top 10 of the Big 12 in six areas.
Allen, a major in management information systems, is a two-time academic all-conference honoree after picking up second-team accolades last season. The junior closer is tied for the Big 12 lead with 15 saves this year and holds the school's single-season and career (29) records.
A senior in entrepreneurship, Urban earned his first academic all-conference designation. The Seward, Neb., product has played in just 26 games this season after missing six weeks with a midseason injury.
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