AU offers variety of sports camps for younger students
In addition to its annually successful football team camp, Alfred University (AU) offers several additional summer opportunities for sports-minded young people.
The equestrian camps offer an opportunity for all levels to define and achieve personal riding goals. Campers may bring their own horses or use the University’s horses during their week of camp. All camps are conducted at the University’s nearby Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center at Maris Cuneo Equine Park, a spacious facility including classrooms, viewing areas, a 200-foot x 80-foot indoor arena, 50 stalls, and two outdoor arenas: 200-foot x 100-foot and 80-foot x 100-foot.
Camp Director Nancy Kohler, AU’s Equestrian Program director, brings over 30 years of experience of training riders and horses for hunter/jumper shows and dressage and managing boarding/training facilities.
The Residential English Camp, a weeklong overnight camp for riders aged 14-17, accommodates hunt seat riding based on the gifts and needs of the participants. Campers do flat work in the morning and ride over fences in the afternoon. In the evening, they participate in a variety of activities, including a trip to the County Fair, a campfire, and fun at Foster Lake.
The Alfred University Equestrian Day Camps, offering English and Western instruction, are open to riders of all levels aged 8-16. Each camper is assigned a horse to ride during the week and will is involved with the hands-on care for that horse. Campers have riding sessions each day. When campers are not involved in riding, they are busy with arts and crafts projects and other recreational activities as well as learning stable management skills. A horse show is held at the end of the last day of camp where participants demonstrate the skills they learned during the week.
Alfred University’s weeklong, co-ed swim camp is designed to enhance the technical aspects of stroke, training, and the strategies needed for each camper to compete at the top level of competitive swimming. Technical instructions, stretching and dry land training, training principles, and stroke development are integral parts of the program.
This camp is for competitive swimmers entering grades seven-12 (must be at least 12-years-old at the start of camp) who wish to improve their skills. Campers stay in University residence halls and enjoy all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals in a University dining hall.
When not in training sessions, campers enjoy a variety of recreational activities including indoor and outdoor games, movies, visit to nearby Foster Lake for a picnic and campfire, social gatherings at the Terra Cotta Coffee House, a farewell party on the last night, and more.
Camp Director Brian Striker, head swimming and diving coach at Alfred University, was one of the top swimmers in the program's history while a student at AU, earning All-American certification five times. In his nine years at the helm of the men’s team, he has guided the Saxons to four Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association championships and five Empire 8 Conference championship titles.
Alfred University hosts a tennis skills camp for boys and girls entering grades seven-12. The camp offers training at beginner through advanced levels. Instruction includes stroke technique, footwork, court strategy, serve, forehand, and volley.
The camp gives students an opportunity to have fun as they improve their stroke production and enhance their understanding of the game of tennis.
Dave Brady, tennis coach at Alfred-Almond Central School, served as camp director for 2012.