Free soccer, football camps coming soon

LIHU‘E — Athletes of all ages are invited to participate in the University of Hawai‘i soccer camp, June 8-10, said Lenny Rapozo, director of the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

Sponsored by the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the soccer camp will allow participants to experience college-level training led by Hawai‘i Wahine soccer coach Michele Nagamine and some of her staff.

Participants will also learn attacking and defending concepts, advanced ball control drills, position-specific tactics and teamwork.

“Soccer is already a popular sport in the community and we want to take players participating in the sport to the next level,” Rapozo said. “Additionally, this camp is also for parents.”

A college workshop for athletes and parents will be held June 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall as a prelude to the field camps.

“We want parents, especially those of players in the middle and high school, to be aware of the scholarship opportunities which are available through soccer and what they need to do to prepare their children for scholarship consideration,” Rapozo said. “This workshop allies not only to soccer, but for a lot of the different sports opportunities which exist in the community. Too many times, students think about scholarships when they become seniors and by then, it’s too late.”

The clinic on June 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. is geared for athletes aged 7 through 10 at Vidinha Stadium.

From 1 to 3 p.m., athletes aged 11 through 14 are invited to participate with the Hawai‘i soccer athletes.

A College ID Camp will be held June 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at Vidinha Stadium where college-bound athletes in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to participate in this unique rating and critiquing session.

Rapozo said in addition to the soccer camp, the Department of Parks and Recreation is also sponsoring a Football Camp and Combine, June 15-17 at Vidinha Stadium led by Brian Derby Offensive Linemen Football Camp and Hawai‘i Athletes in Action.

The camp is free; however, participants are encouraged to bring two canned good items, or a 10-pound bag of rice, which will be donated to the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank.

Rapozo said this is another camp where parents are encouraged to attend because of the HAIA College 101 Workship for parents and kids from 8th through 12th grades at Vidinha Stadium from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on June 15.

Athletes ages 8 to 12 years old can participate in the Combine and Derby Camp on June 16 with check-in starting at 7 a.m. for the 8 a.m. HAIA Combine.

Check-in for the Derby Camp is at 8:45 a.m. with the camp group practice starting at 9 a.m.

Athletes between 13 and 18 years old also check in for the HAIA Combine on June 16 starting at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. Combine.

Check-in for the Derby Camp starts at 10 a.m. with the camp group practice and HAIA 7-on-7 defensive line work starting at 10:30 a.m.

Lunch for all participants will be provided for the June 16 events.

On June 17, elementary and middle school practice for the Derby Camp will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. with the high school practice running from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information, or to request special accomodations, call 241-4460.

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