Teaching More Then Just Sport

by • April 2, 2016 • 2016, April 2016, Summer Camps

Summer camps in Orange County seem to be in every city up and down the 405 freeway—whether it’s art, music, science, or sports, Southern California keeps their kids busy when school is not in session!

Vanguard University’s annual athletics camps for kids of all ages feature basketball, soccer and volleyball, and offer more than learning skills to use on the court or field. There is something that transcends the typical camp experience: character development. Kids who attend the all-star camps receive leadership and character development alongside their sport, designed to create an unforgettable week.

VUCamps4The basketball camp has five sessions offered, running June through August. The university’s 2014 NAIA National Championship coach, and Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Coach of the Year, Rhett Soliday, and his assistant, Taylor Kelly, direct the basketball camps. Soliday has taken teams from novice to expert, and won championship after championship—now offering his skills to the summer camps. Children ages 5-14 or grades K-8 learn in an incredible environment for all skill levels and confidence levels, too!

Vanguard’s distinguished volleyball coaching staff leads an overall skills camp in July, hosting high school students and 5-8 grades. The volleyball camp is split between age groups, allowing for boys and girls to prepare for their high school seasons, or as potential Vanguard University recruits. You could have a future Vanguard Lion on your hands! Campers get to know the current Vanguard Lions team with a Q&A session everyday with the players themselves. Balancing academics and athletics can be tricky, so this time gives players to share their wisdom with campers.

Soccer is another great way to get those kids outside. Offered one week in July, the Vanguard University soccer camp is offered to high school students who are prepping for college. The Vanguard coaching staff, Lauren Walker and Shion Jahangiri, and current players for Vanguard’s renowned soccer team teach skills that will help your high school student excel.

“Faith is a huge part of the Vanguard University athletics summer camps, and core values of faith are always a part of what is taught to play the game,” said Eryn Leja, head coach for volleyball at Vanguard University. The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University is dedicated to the holistic growth and development of all student athletes.

Get more information and register for the Vanguard University athletics camps at

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