Multicultural Tennis Camp: Mills College
NorCal Staff | June 28, 2016
Held at Mills College, June 23-26, 2016 USTA NorCal’s Diversity & Inclusion committee sponsored yet another stellar camp. Geared toward intermediate level players, the overnight residential camp featured daily tennis instruction; match play with experienced tennis professionals; the latest in fitness and nutrition; college preparatory information; play analysis to improve strokes and techniques, tennis industry careers and life skills.
The ultimate goal of this camp is to inspire and encourage kids to be a well-rounded competitive player. One way to become better? Play, play, play! To encourage this, the Diversity & Inclusion department will sponsor one tournament entry fee to all participants. Despite the nonstop days of hitting in the sun all day and then working on evening sessions, the kids loved it. ADVERTISEMENT On the last day of the camp, parents partook in a session regarding USTA resources while the kids exchange contact with their new friends. The campers were also very fortunate to hear from two Mills tennis players, Jade and Jade, on the ups and downs of being a student athlete.
The coaches (Francisco Ruiz, Edgar Marin, Dale Evans, Marissa Lee) were very impressed with the 24 kids that partook in the camp. Their hard work, determination, team spirit and unweaving focus did not go unnoticed. The glue that kept the well-oiled machine running was Heather Van Zile, camp coordinator.
One parents commented, “After attending the orientation and hearing what you all are doing at the camp this year, I am truly impressed. For you all to get the nutritionist and conditioning coach, on top of former pro tennis players who coach now, is totally impressive. It gives an inside look on what it takes to play on a high level in this sport of tennis. Me and a couple of parents were speaking on it and I think you needed to know. Kudos to the USTA and specifically your org!”
A student commented, " The camp helped me to improve my form. I learned how to play doubles better. I also want a new coach so I can get better and play in college. I want to come back next year so I can play against the best players at the camp."