Arlington Boys & Girls Club hosts summer sports camps

Enija Reed practices her basketball skills at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club on July 3. - Lauren Salcedo
Enija Reed practices her basketball skills at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club on July 3.
— image credit: Lauren Salcedo

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Boys & Girls Club has kicked off its summer sports camp programs with soccer and basketball, and is looking toward several more programs before the school year begins.

“We’ve consistently been growing our camps every year,” said Kevin Coghill, athletic director.

The summer sports camp season kicked off with soccer camp, followed by basketball camp starting on July 9.

“A couple of our camps are county-wide sports camps,” said Coghill. “We take sign-ups here and then bring the kids down to the Everett facility.”

The Arlington Boys & Girls Club has received about 15-20 camper sign-ups for their Lifetime Sports camp, which is a little bit different than others.

“It is really a fun one,” said Coghill. “They go on field trips, they go golfing and bowling and swimming. It’s great.”

The next Boys & Girls Club summer sports camp scheduled is their summer volleyball camp taking place from July 16 through July 19. “We have reduced the price for volleyball to $50 and we are still taking sign-ups for that camp,” said Coghill.

Other upcoming programs include baseball, football and lacrosse.

“Our baseball camp this year will be good because we are combining it with the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club,” Coghill said. “The Lake Stevens coach played college ball, so we are combining it and hosting it on our field.”

CJ Freeman, who played baseball for Edmonds Community College and Oklahoma City, is the baseball coach for the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club who will be teaching the children enrolled in baseball camp. “We are going to teach them the basics — infield, outfield, pitching and hitting,” he said. Freeman has been coaching for eight years and this is his first time coaching the Boys & Girls Club baseball camp. “We will start with the fundamentals, and then for the kids who are more advanced, we’ll start them where they are at with their play and teach them the more of the lingo and understanding the concepts of what they are trying to accomplish.”

This year is the first for the Boys & Girls Club’s lacrosse camp, which is set for Aug. 23-26.

“All of our sports camps teach the fundamentals and basics of sports games,” said Coghill. “Our job is to keep kids busy and teach them the basics of the sport. And it gives them something fun to do during the summer.”

For more information on the Arlington Boys & Girls Club sports summer camps call 360-435-4442.


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