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Sports Camps Features Skills and Drills

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More than 100 youngsters kicked off their summer by getting some exercise at the Amityville Union Free School District’s sports skills camps. Held in the high school gymnasium and on the athletic fields, students entering fourth, fifth and sixth grades were able to choose between basketball, flag football, soccer and volleyball.

The free eight-day program was open to any child living within the district boundaries and included breakfast, lunch and three hours of sports instruction from coaches and teachers. A typical day included lessons and drills followed by scrimmage games in which the young athletes could put into practice their new skills. 

Amityville Memorial High School boys varsity soccer coach Mike Abbondondolo explained that this year’s soccer camp had a World Cup theme, so the children played games representing different countries. Girls varsity volleyball coach Julie Dexter said that participants in her camp worked on skills such as serving, hitting and passing. 

Allan Dodson-Isabel, who will be entering fourth grade at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, has aspirations to play in the NBA so he participated in the basketball camp. At minimum, he said he wants to play for Amityville’s varsity team and win a state title like the local players he looks up to. 

“I like basketball and I wanted to learn more,” Allan said. “I want to be an MVP.”

Thursday, August 06, 2020