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Best Sports Camps for Teens

May 27, 2011 11:39 AM

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Sports camps during the summer are a fun and easy way to stay active while improving your skills. There are many camps for all sports, and these are the four worth checking out. – S. McClung

Old Spice Ndamukong Suh football camp

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Ndamukong Suh Football Camp

Walled Lake Western High School
600 Beck Road
Walled Lake, MI 48390
(513) 793-2267
campsuh.com

Quick Facts:

  • Coed
  • Ages 7-14
  • June 28-29
  • $199 (register online)

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh is providing a two-day camp for kids interested in learning the fundamentals of football.  Coaches from within the Detroit area will also be on hand to ensure that each participant receives individual instruction.  Upon completion of the camp, each camper will receive a camp tee shirt and an autographed camp photo by Suh. 

Ndamukong Suh Pro Day Workout

Quick Facts:

  • Coed
  • Ages 15-23
  • June 29 at Walled Lake Western High School
  • $99

There is also a Pro Day Workout for athletes outlined after the Pro Day Combine for prospective NFL rookies.  Each camper is videotaped as he or she runs through each drill, and a personal video is available for download.  Each athlete will also go through a personal assessment and discover ways they can stretch their potential on and off the field.

Detroit Pistons 15th Anniversary Youth Training Camp Tour

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Detroit Pistons Youth Training Camp

The Palace of Auburn Hills
6 Championship Drive
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
248-377-8653
nba.com

Quick Facts:

  • Coed
  • Grades 1-11 (Split into 1-5 and 6-11)
  • August 15-18 at the Palace of Auburn Hills
  • $159

Even with the threat of an NBA lockout, the Pistons are celebrating the fifteenth year of their youth camps with a special discounted price.  Campers are split by age and compete in daily contests and mini games while learning the fundamentals of basketball.  Campers receive an authentic jersey, a basketball, and a ticket to a Pistons home game with a pre-game courtside pass at the end of camp.  There are more locations offered throughout the summer, ranging from Marquette to Brighton.

Northwood University Timberwolves

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Northwood University Volleyball Camp

Northwood University
4000 Whiting Dr
Midland, MI 48640
989-837-4114
northwood.edu

Quick Facts:

  • Girls grades 7-12
  • July 30-31 at Northwood University in Midland
  • $195 (meals and housing included)

The coaching staff and team run the camp and put campers through two days of intense volleyball work-outs and drills.  Campers are divided by skill level and the camp looks to help improve all around game development.

Lake Orion Baseball League

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Lake Orion High School Dragons Baseball Camp

Friendship Park Baseball Fields
3380 West Clarkston Road
Lake Orion, MI 48362
(248) 391-0304, ext. 143
orion.lib.mi.us

Quick Facts:

  • Coed
  • Age 8-16
  • July 25-29
  • Friendship Park Baseball Fields
  • $90 if registered before July 1

The Dragons Baseball Camp, led by head coach Andy Schramek, is joined by his varsity team and alumni, including some members of the 2007 State Championship Team for five days of baseball instruction.  Each camper receives a tee shirt and certificate of completion the last day of camp.

Stephanie McClung is a WWJ-TV / CW50 Community Affairs intern for summer 2011. Follow her on Twitter @internstephanie

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