By Alicia Dziak

As the countdown to summer vacation begins, ‘tis the season for parents to think about how their kids will be filling those long summer days. For many, various camps offer a worthwhile way for kids to explore their interests. This week, check out some local places that offer camps for the sports enthusiasts in your life.

Sahlen’s Sports Park offers several sports camps all summer long at their state-of-the-art facility in Elma:

The University of Buffalo offers soccer camps, run by their coaching staff:

• Bulls Open Camp, June 25-29, July 16-20, entering grades 4-11.

• Junior Bulls Half-Day Camp, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, entering grades pre-k-4.

• Girls Prospect Camp, July 15, girls entering grades 8-12.

• High School Prep Camp, July 23-26, entering grades 7-12

• Shooting, Finishing & Goalkeeper Half-Day Camp, July 23-25, entering grades 4-11.

For more info, visit

Canisius College offers a Boys Basketball Camp for boys in grades K-12. Visit

For those looking for a residential option, many area kids head south to Houghton College, which offers numerous sports-related camps, with overnight or day camp options. Their premier instructional camps for players entering grades 1-12 features individual instruction and specific coaching adapted to age and skill level from expert coaches within their safe Christian environment, on the following dates:

• Girls Summer Basketball Camp: June 24-28, (entering grades 4-12)

• Boys Summer Basketball Camp: July 1-5, (entering grades 4-12)

• Summer Volleyball Camp

July 15-19, 2018- Residential and Day Campers (for girls entering grades 7-12)

• Summer Soccer Camp

July 22-26: Boys and Girls Week 1 (entering grades 4-12)

July 29- Aug. 2: Boys and Girls Week 2 (entering grades 4-12)

July 23-26: Mini Day Camp (9am-3pm Monday-Thur.  Boys and Girls entering grades 1-3)

July 26-27: Girls Advanced/ID Camp (Girls HS Grads: 2018, 2019, 2020) More about girls advanced/ID camp

Aug. 2-3, : Boys Advanced/ID Camp (Boys HS Grads: 2018, 2019, 2020) More about boys advanced/ID camp

Summer Tennis Camp

Tennis camp, July 15-19, will include over 32 hours of instruction and match play, including game strategy, singles and doubles patterns, mental toughness, video analysis, and form development. Campers will partake in daily stretching and conditioning along with having their fundamental skills individually addressed.  Houghton College has 12 varsity tennis courts; six outdoor courts as well as 6 indoor courts in the Kerr Pegula Field House.

For more info, or to register, visit

The Rochester Futbol Club hosts their annual overnight soccer camp at Darien Lake, July 9-13, for boys and girls U9-U18. The $525 tuition includes four days of professional soccer tuition, four nights stay at Darien Lakes Lodge on the Lake Hotel, daily bus transportation to and from the Pembroke soccer fields, four fully chaperoned theme park evenings and all meals. For more information or registration details, contact: Jaime Phillips at or Dean James at

Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center offers soccer camps for kids ages U10 to U16 (born 2002-2008), Aug. 5-11. Spend a week playing the game you love. Morning skill training will be followed by a week long World Cup tournament of small-sided games in the afternoon. Plenty of soccer plus all the bells and whistles of an outdoor adventure camp including hiking, swimming, boat races, camp fires and more. For more info, visit

Stay tuned to next week’s Springville Times for a list of camps that will help your children unleash their creativity!