Summer sports camps appear set to return

April 14, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The basketball day camp is a popular way for youngsters to improve their skills while having fun.

By Mike Kilen
GCU News Bureau

Summer sports camps at Grand Canyon University are expected to be back after a year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 30 camps are planned so far from May through August, pending NCAA approval, with several more possible.

Bryce Drew

“We are planning right now as if it’s a go,” said Theon Carrier, Director of Camps, who expects a positive answer from the NCAA within a month.

The good news for those who sign up for the volleyball, soccer, basketball, track and lacrosse camps is that there are no fees to pay now in case the NCAA doesn’t lift its pause on camps.

“When you sign up, your spot is secure; we’re just not collecting any money right now,” Carrier said.

Allowing parents to sign up now will alleviate the stress of summer planning for their children, he said.

To register, click here.

The number of sports camps has grown over Carrier’s eight years at GCU, reaching 75 in one year. The camps are popular because they teach the participants the fundamentals of a sport from GCU players and coaches, who play a big part in the camps, Carrier said.

Men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew “is a big camp guy,” Carrier said.

“Hopefully they have a good time, but outside of the fun they have they are working on those interpersonal skills and group skills that are important in life and sports,” he said.

It’s an important aspect of GCU’s mission.

“It’s another way to give back to the community and invite people to see what we have going on here,” Carrier said. “Hopefully they will want to be get involved in other things here, not just in sports.”

Summer sports camps

Soccer (girls)

Elite ID Camps (May 8-9, June 5-6, July 10-11): 3-10 p.m., ages 13-19

Day Camps (May 24-27 and July 26-29): 8 a.m.-6 p.m., ages 6-13

Striker & Goalkeeper Camp (June 7-9): 6-9 p.m., ages 12-18

Soccer (boys)

Prospect ID Camp (May 22-23): 8 a.m.-5p.m., ages 14-22

Jr. Lopes Day Camp (June 7-10): 7:30-11:30 a.m., ages 6-14

Futsol Jr Lopes Day Camp II (June 28-July 1): 9 a.m.-5 p.m., ages 6-14

Prospect Residential ID Camp (July 15): 7 a.m.-10 p.m., ages 10-18

Basketball (boys)

Team Camp I (June 4-5): 7 a.m.-10 p.m., ages 14-18

Day Camp I (June 7-10): 9 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 6-14

Team Camp II (June 11-12): 7 a.m.-10 p.m., ages 13-18

Team Camp IV (June 12): grades 9-12

Elite Camp (June 16): 10 a.m.-5 p.m., ages 10-18

Shooting Camp (June 17): 9 a.m.-noon, ages 10-18

Day Camp II (June 23-26): 9 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 6-14

Basketball (girls)

Pee Wee Camp (June 3-4): 9 a.m.-noon, ages 5-9

Elite Camp (June 5-6): 8 a.m.-10 p.m., ages 13-18

Team Camp (June 12-13): 7 a.m.-10 p.m., ages 13-18

Future Lopes Camp II (June 14-16, June 21-22): 9 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 6-14

Shooting Camp (June 17): 9 a.m.-noon, ages 10-18

Daddy/Daughter Camp (June 20): 2-5 p.m.

Volleyball (boys)

All Skills Camp (May 29-30): 7 a.m.-8 p.m., ages 12-18

All Skills Camp (August 7-8): 7 a.m.-8 p.m., ages 12-18

Volleyball (girls)

College Showcase Camp (June 13): 7 a.m.-6 p.m., ages 13-18

Little Lopes Camp (July 11-16): 7 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 5-10

Jr. Lopes Camp (July 12-13): 7 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 8-12

All Skills Camp (August 7-8): 7 a.m.-8 p.m., ages 12-18


Track Camp (July 2-4): 7 a.m.-10 p.m., ages 12-18


Grand Canyon Top 50 Camp (June 5): 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Day Camp (July 6-9, July 11-16 and July 18-23): 7 a.m.-10 p.m., ages 12-18

Grand Canyon University senior writer Mike Kilen can be reached at [email protected] or at 602-639-6764.

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