Sports camp adds tennis and busing to its roster

The West Island camp hosts weekly sessions showcasing different sports like hockey, basketball and soccer


Now in its fourth year, SportLife aims to give kids between the ages of 5 and 15 a chance to spend a week in the shoes of a professional athlete. The camp runs on a weekly basis and each session teaches campers the ins and outs of a different sport and counsellors take videos to help improve athletic performance. 

Owner Evan Horner says along with ice and ball hockey, basketball, soccer, football and softball, a tennis session is being added this year along with a second week of football.

Campers are divided into different groups: Little Leaguers, aged 5 to 6; Rookies, aged 7 to 9; and All Stars, between 10 and 15. Sessions for the youngest group are non-competitive and will focus more on developing motor skills and understanding the sport. The two older groups will be in a semi-competitive environment, but Horner says the camp maintains that the most important elements are good sportsmanship, teamwork and respect.

SportLife, which is run out of McGill’s McDonald campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, will be offering daily bus service to and from Centennial Park in D.D.O. for $60 a week.

Last year, the camp began a five-year program providing $10,000 in bursaries annually to 10 underprivileged children to give them a chance to attend summer camp.

The camp will be held  from June 26 to Aug. 25. Prices vary according to each sport. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but daycare services will be offered in the morning and in the afternoon.

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