College ID camp provides college experience, college-level training sessions for up-and-coming athletes
The UALR Trojan soccer team had its annual College ID Camp for 2014 on Feb.28-Mar.2. Participating campers had the chance to experience college-level training on the UALR campus, despite winter weather that forced some to leave a day early and the rest to finish the final day of camp indoors at the Jack Stephens Center.
Participants at the camp, open to players in 9th-12th grade, were offered a choice between registering for a three-day camp or a Saturday-only option. Campers even had a chance to attend the Trojan men’s basketball game against in-state rival Arkansas State.
UALR Trojans soccer head coach Adrian Blewitt, who will be in his second season with UALR this year after leading them to the SBC tournament for the first time since 2009, was on-hand to conduct the camp and to talk about what the opportunity meant for the camp participants.
”So what we want the campers to experience is what it’s like to be a college student and to also experience what it’s like to be a college athlete, so they get college level training sessions. They also get to train with our college players,” Blewitt said. “It’s a good gauge for them to kind of see what level they might be able to play at, but at the same time kind of find out what it’s like on a college campus.”
The College ID Camp is the first of many events that Blewitt will help conduct this year at UALR and at Hickory High School in North Carolina.
The events are all part of Blewitt’s Golden Touch Soccer Series, which was established in 1999. The next event on the UALR campus will be a free soccer clinic for kids ages 5-16 on April 6. That will be followed by the Soccer Rockin’ Sevens, a 7 on 7 tournament on April 6. Individual and team camps for kids ages 5-12 will be in June and July, with an elite camp for kids 12-18 on July 27-30.
All events on the UALR campus will be at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. For more information visit www.goldentouchsoccer.com.