Sports camps have become a popular activity for young athletes during the summer months. With the end of the spring semester in sight, several local colleges have announced that registration has begun for these action-packed attractions.

Following are all the training sessions that have been submitted to Lagniappe. Please be sure to contact area schools to see if other camps are offered in a particular sport that is not listed here.

• Terry Fowler, coach of the University of South Alabama’s Lady Jags, will host three basketball camps next month for girls. First on the schedule are Team Camps set for June 13-14. A Junior Varsity session is slated for the first day, while Varsity teams will participate on the second day. A minimum of three games is guaranteed to each team, with a “special situations” segment to follow each contest. The cost is $250 per team for one day, and $425 for two days.

On June 23-26, USA will host a Fundamentals and Shooting Camp. The four-day event will teach the basic fundamentals for basketball, along with goal setting and motivation. The camp, open to girls from grades three to nine, costs $250 per player.

USA will also have a College Prep Camp on June 28, which is designed for those girls hoping to play at the next level. Participants, in grades nine through 12, will run many of the same individual skill development drills as the USA women. The tuition is $60 per player.

For more information on these camps, contact assistant coach Dan Presel at 251-460-6948 or Online registration is available at

• The USA men’s basketball program will be hosting three Matthew Graves camps in June. The first individual camps will be June 9-12 and 16-19, while a College Prep Camp is set for June 21.

Boys entering grades two through eight are eligible for the individual camps, and the cost is $225 per player. For the College Prep Camp, it is open to high school players and the cost is $55.

Organizers said students will be grouped by age and ability. Coaches and current student-athletes at USA will provide individual instruction.

For more information on the boys’ camps, visit

• Basketball is not the only game in town. Spring Hill College will sponsor two soccer camps during the week of June 8-13.

There will be a Field Player and Goalkeeper Academy for boys and girls ages 9 to 18, along with the Badger Cubs Academy for those ages 5 to 12. All action will be at Library Field on the SHC campus.

The Badger coaching staff and players will stress basic skills, games and competition, while also offering fun activities during the week. All skill levels are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact women’s head coach Christian DeVries at 251-380-4472 or, and men’s head coach Tim Brooks at 251-380-4475 or The school’s website,, has additional details on fees for the particular classes.

• Another sport receiving attention is volleyball. In July, the University of South Alabama will host an All-Skills Camp, a Position Camp and a Team Camp. A Team Tournament will follow.

Many local colleges will be offering sports camps this summer, like this one for volleyball at the University of South Alabama.

Many local colleges will be offering sports camps this summer, like this one for volleyball at the University of South Alabama.

The All-Skills Camp is July 7-8, and is open to grades six to 12. Tuition is $175 for commuters and $240 for those staying overnight. The focus is for young players to receive on-court training.

The Position Camp will follow on July 9-10, and is for those in grades seven to 12. Tuition is $150 for commuters and $200 for overnight residents. Four sessions are planned for players to improve at specific positions (setter, libero/defensive specialist, outside hitter, middle hitter).

The Team Camp will run from July10-12. Tuition is $175 for commuters and $240 for over-night residents, and is open to freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams. The fee for coaches joining their teams is $40 for commuters and $75 for residents. Special topics include Offensive and Defensive Systems, Wash Drills and Team Bonding.

Those squads participating in the camp can also take part in the Team Tournament on July 12. The fee is $300 per team for up to 10 players, plus $15 for each additional athlete. Teams will be grouped for competition by experience and ability. Visit for camp information and forms.

Mobile to be Peyton’s place

Five-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning is coming to Mobile on May 8, to be the guest speaker at the 2014 Mobile Leadership Series.

The event, which includes dinner, begins that Thursday at 7 p.m. It will take place downtown in the Mobile Convention Center.

The event is a fundraiser for future Mobile Leadership Series speakers and the Mobile Christian School. Individual tickets are $200. Corporate sponsorships are available, and can include reserved seating and memorabilia, up to a meet-and-greet and photo opportunities with Manning.

Organizers say the Mobile Leadership Series supports “strong families and strong education” in the community, and invites speakers who can “inspire, motivate and challenge” local business and civic leaders.

For information, call 251-661-1649 or visit