October 3, 2022
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Sports summer camp teaches Columbus kids life lessons

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Amare Richardson learns to swing a golf club with the help of Southern Ohio PGA's Alex Heban during the Columbus Sports Commission's Community Youth Camp at Berliner Sports Park. The four-day camp teaches kids to play 16 different sports.

Berliner Sports Park may be known for its expansive ball diamonds and professional softball tournaments, but for four days in June the park is filled with more than 100 young athletes who may be dribbling a ball, scoring a goal or holding a hockey stick for the very first time.

The Community Youth Camp is a sports sampling program run by the Columbus Foundation and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission that aims to introduce underserved children ages 6 through 12 to sports they may not be exposed to otherwise. 

Last week, it was held at Berliner Sports Park, and a second session will take place from Tuesday through June 24 at KIPP Columbus, with registration ending Friday.

“It’s really just an opportunity to introduce all of these different sports … to just a variety of kids as well that maybe don’t have access to those sports, whether it’s not in their communities or at school,” said Erica Williams, events manager  at the sports commission.



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