HSU Sports Camps Develop Skills, Character


While HSU students are gone for the summer, campus is lively with new camps every week. Hardin-Simmons offer various sports camps that help children improve skills, make friendships, and develop character.

Seven-year-old Maddie Dunn went to HSU Soccer Camp and wrote a letter to the University, expressing her gratitude.

“Dear HSU, My family loves you guys,” she wrote. “I love you too, you are a great sport, and I love how you teach me at soccer camp and stuff. You are so nice and cool, so kind to me and my amazing family, and I hope I see you at Threshold this summer. Love, Maddie Dunn.”

Children like Maddie participate in sports camps including softball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and football. The most memorable part of Soccer Camp is World Cup Night. The players show their teamwork, skill, and competition as they play as teams named after different countries.

“We want every player who attends our camp to have fun and make lasting memories,” said HSU Head Women’s Soccer Coach Marcus Wood. “We want them to grow as soccer players in their skill level and their game intelligence.  Most importantly we want them to grow as people.  We want each person to grow their character skills including hard work, courage, confidence, resilience, motivation and humility.”

At softball camp, 100 campers ages 4-12 learned the mechanics of hitting and defensive positions. One of the HSU Softball players also shared the gospel with campers.

“The most enjoyable part was seeing my current players teach the younger kids about the game,” said HSU Head Softball Coach Chanin Naudin. “We now have lots of young players in the community who may want to play for HSU one day.”

HSU Volleyball Camps work to develop students’ athletic abilities, character, and faith. They focus on five key words throughout camp: leadership, integrity, sacrifice, perseverance, and self-discipline.                         

“It is our goal to encourage each athlete to be positive leaders wherever they go in life,” said HSU Head Volleyball Coach Sabrina Bingham. “We have been given such amazing gifts and talents, and we can honor and praise God for all that He is through our words, our actions, our thoughts, our relationships and our play.”

HSU Basketball held a College Prep Camp in May for high school players aspiring to play at the next level.  They will host youth and individual skills caps in July.

 “We are hoping that we can continue to provide a great camp experience for our community for years to come,” said HSU Head Basketball Coach Matthew Brackett. “We hope that the kids will enjoy playing the game of basketball and leave camp wanting to play more.”

At HSU Tennis Camp, students ages ten and up learned the fundamentals of the game and improved their skills.

“Camps are a time for our tennis kids to learn in a fun environment,” said HSU Head Tennis Coach Shane Williford. “We enjoy our work, we work harder and retain more of what we have learned.”

HSU held four football camps in June for K-12 players to learn new techniques from HSU coaches and current student-athletes at HSU.


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