Sports Camps, Other Events Make for Busy Summer on Campus

Students throwing Frisbee

Playing Frisbee with friends is a popular summer pastime on the UNC campus. Photo by Barry LaPoint

Students attending summer school classes at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley this year will be joined by more than 13,000 people attending sports camps, professional workshops and conferences, musical and theatrical performances, and a variety of private functions being held on campus.

Camps for football, basketball (girls and boys), volleyball, baseball, soccer, softball, tennis and wrestling featuring UNC coaches and players account for much of the summer hustle and bustle, with some sports offering both team and individual sessions.

A list of upcoming UNC sports camps, many of which still have openings, is available along with registration information on the UNC Athletics Department’s website.

The camps are among almost 90 public events on campus this summer that also include:

- New Student Orientation for incoming freshman and transfer students: Sessions begin in June and run through the summer. Info: http://www.unco.edu/discover/information_orientation.html
- Summer Performing and Visual Arts events begin in June. Info: http://www.arts.unco.edu/calendar/
- Special Olympics Colorado (statewide competition), June 4-6. Info: http://www.specialolympicsco.org/
- 54th Annual High School All-State games, June 7-12. Info: http://www.colohsca.org/chscaallstategames/allstategamesinfo.html
- Little Theatre of the Rockies (76th season of performances). Info: http://www.arts.unco.edu/ltr/default.html
- Frontiers of Science, June 13-July 23. Info: http://mast.unco.edu/fsi/
- UNC Las Chicas Math Camp, June 6-11. Info: http://www.unco.edu/NHS/mathsci/facstaff/mathcamp/
- Summer Enrichment Program, for students grades 5-10; Young Child Program (age 4 through fourth grade); Leadership Enrichment (Grades 11 and 12). Select dates beginning July 11. Info: http://www.unco.edu/cebs/sep/
- Concerts Under the Stars, weekly performances in July. Info: http://www.arts.unco.edu/calendar/concerts.html
- UNC Jazz Camp, for middle school through college-aged students, July 18-23. Info: http://www.arts.unco.edu/music/areas/jazz_studies/jazz_camp.html

A complete listing of camps and conferences is available at http://www.unco.edu/summerconf/Find/list_of_conferences_by_date_10.html. Please note that registration may be limited or closed for some events.

UNC facilities this summer also will host a growing number of private gatherings such as family reunions, weddings and wedding anniversary parties.

According to Becky Broghammer, assistant director of Conference Services at UNC, the campus is becoming an increasingly popular affordable alternative to private resorts, hotels and other traditional venues for family gatherings.

Plus, she said, the university now offers nightly hotel-style accommodations during the summer in the new South Hall, a residence hall featuring suites accommodating up to four persons. Built in 2009, the spacious, air-conditioned suites include two bedrooms, a bathroom and a living area.

"We have everything a family or business gathering could want in the summer," Broghammer said. "Indoor conference facilities and meeting rooms, beautiful outdoor wedding or party venues, catering services, dining rooms, convenience food outlets, Starbucks, even a recreation center. It’s all in one spot."

- Gary Dutmers