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2010 SASI Camp A Success

June 25, 2010
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The 2010 Student-Athlete Summer Institute had 6 schools with 30 student-athletes representing the schools.  The four day camp held at UNC-P was very successful.  The group of student-athletes that participated in this camp were some of the most cerebral athlets that we have had as a group in recent memory.  Schools that participated were Douglas Byrd, Hoke County, Pine Forest, Purnell Swett, South View, and Whiteville.

On day one, we registered the Student-Atheltes and let them get to know each other through a series of Ice Breakers and Team Building activities.  This group was very competitive and wanted to work until they completed each task successfully.

On day two, we had most of our classroom activities to share with our Student-Athletes ways that they could go back to their school and community in hopes of helping to change the lives and the enviroment of their school and community.  A visiting Dr. Edwards from NC State University came in to help the student-athletes learn a little bit of who they were and why.  This feature is always well received by the student-athletes.  This is also the session where the student-athletes learn how to deal with youths from aged 4 to 13 which will help them to participate in our annual community service project with the Pembroke Boy's and Girl's Club.  With this activity, we teach skills sessions to the youngsters of the club.  Some of the other topics covered were morals, principles, values, sportsmanship, and tobacco.  A scavenger hunt and a night at a local miniture golf site followed.

On day three, we went to a challenge course at nearby Camp Rockfish for the day.  This activity challenges the student-athlete to overcome obsticles and fears whle working as a team.  A course in NCAA Compliance, a course on Steriod use, team competitions, and an ice cream social.  Afterwards the groups work on their public service commercial and the school teams work on their action plan.

On day four we covered nutrition, alternatives to weight lifting, a very sensitive and emotional course on alcohol, and drunk driving activities with varying degrees of simulated inibriation.  After an early lunch we went to the Boy's and Girl's Club to do our teaching activities with the 35 youngsters they had present on the day.  Soccer, Volleyball, Football, Kickball, Frisbee's, and Baseball/Softball skills and drills were given to the young, future student-athletes.  In the evening, we went to the gym to have the SASI Olympics where the Red Team won by the narrowist of margins.  Going into the last event, any team could have won.  Congratulations Big Red!  Afterwards, the groups went to the Dance.

On the last day, we covered and reviewed the week's events and what was learned.  Once we have completed the last learning activity, "Happy Feet Makes Good Watching" which ended up as "Don't Shave in Cold Water", the color teams performed their PSA for the group, then the school teams shared their action plans with the group.  The final activity, the Closing Ceromonies, was completed and the campers bid farewell.

Another successful camp completed.

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