Kids learn good sportsmanship, healthy competition at All Sports Camp

The camp inspires kids to engage in different sports.
Fall Sports registration kicks off July 11th.

By Megan Nichole Broome
Marketing Intern

The breezy morning air whips around campers as the sounds of sneakers briskly pounding the soil, bats clinking against baseballs and kids sliding into home plate echo through the freshly cut field. At All Sports Camp, kids stay active as they play different sports like basketball, pickleball and kickball, wh13522908_10153663593854109_3182620323529393185_oile cheering on their teammates in support.

The camp, hosted by Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation,
strives to encourage kids to stay physically active and try different kinds of sports to inspire participation and an appreciation for athletics.

Madison Bercich, Sports Coordinator at RFPRD and camp organizer, described the variety of sports offered during All Sports Camp, which include bowling, swimming, softball, basketball, football, soccer, billiards, kickball, pickleball and capture the flag.

“We expose them to a variety of sports to help spark an interest in one they connect to the most,” Bercich said.

Campers pivot between pIMG_1403laying sports outdoors to indoors in order to cool off, while enjoying a snack to keep their energy up, Bercich explained.

Camper Farryn Cape, age 7, expressed that she loves All Sports Camp.

“[It’s] really fun and you do all kinds of different sports,” said Cape, adding that her favorites are gymnastics and soccer.

Her sister Kennedy Cape, age 7, likes All Sports Camp because of the different trips they get to go on like to the city pool and the bowling alley.

With each counselor having a background in athletics, campers have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals and strategies for a variety of sports.13576916_10153663593864109_4749203689786972309_o

Camp Counselor Joe Salvatore has experience playing football and wrestling and described he “loves working with kids and being around different sports.” He added that he hopes it will encourage kids to stay active and play sports in the near future.

All Sports Camp is open for ages 6 to 14, so the schedule of the day was divided between structured team games and free time to play a sport of their choosing, Bercich explained. This way, they can get all of their excess energy out in an active and healthy way.

Madison Bercich has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, so she has profound experience with the safety requirements and strategies of a variety of sports.

Counselors join in on the fun and games with the campers as they compete in friendly games of competition. The goal is to teach kids about the importance of good sportsmanship and to encourage teamwork.

Counselor Jack Corwell, age 21, has experience playing baseball at Georgia Highlands College and has worked as an umpire for Parks and Recreation, so he knows firsthand how to lead and encourage team activities.13522910_10153663593859109_3109924989106308637_o

Salvatore explained the importance of being honest while playing team activities to remind the kids what good sportsmanship looks like.

Having so many activities to choose from, campers struggle with choosing one aspect of camp they like the most.

Campers Tyler Cox and Gabe Dehart said that they like everything about camp and could not choose a favorite sport.

IMG_1412With the echoes of bats hitting baseballs and kids sliding into home plate still in their minds, campers head home tired but looking forward trying more sports in the future with Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation.

Early Registration for Fall Sports begins July 11th with reduced fees. Regular Registration kicks off July 18th through Aug. 7th and Late Registration begins Aug. 8th. There is a $10 discount for multiple siblings after the first child registers for Regular and Late Registration.

You can register your child for flag football, softball, baseball, t-ball, cheerleading or youth football online at rfpra.com starting July 11. For more information, visit rfpra.com or call 706.291.0766.

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