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Camp gives 3-year-olds taste of sports
by Ericka Birdsong
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Tena Eddy and Tim Alls say the Pee Wee Sportster Camp will offer almost any sport an aspiring athlete might want to play at Burnt Hickory Park.
Tena Eddy and Tim Alls say the Pee Wee Sportster Camp will offer almost any sport an aspiring athlete might want to play at Burnt Hickory Park.
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The staff at Burnt Hickory Park in Dallas is preparing to host the third annual “Pee Wee Sportster Camp” next week for young county residents to learn about a variety of sports.

The Paulding County Parks and Recreation Department opened registration in March and closed it on June 28 for this camp. Allowing a maximum of 16 campers, the camp still had one spot open early on the final day of registration.

The camp is scheduled for Monday to July 12, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (770) 443-7540 or visit paulding.gov.

Unlike most camps seen during the summer, this five-day camp is only for ages 3 and 4 — boys and girls.

In only its third year, the camp began in Paulding County in 2011. The Parks and Recreation department previously offered activities for girls this age, but parents inquired about boys’ activities as well.

Program Coordinator Tena Eddy and Athletic Coordinator Tim Alls are organizing the youth event.

Campers in attendance will be introduced to the fundamentals of various sports through activities and games that they can understand and enjoy.

At the ages of 3 and 4, the focus of the camp is more about movement to increase fitness, releasing energy, improving their motor skills and interacting socially with others. The campers also will learn about teamwork and sportsmanship.

Since every sport requires a different range and type of skills, the camp will feature a different sport each day for the first four days.

In the past two years, the youth that have come to this event learned the basics of baseball/softball, basketball, bowling, golf and soccer.

With the addition of a new tennis instructor, Alls said they decided to add tennis to the event this year, replacing their usual golf day.

On Friday all the young campers will participate in the Pee Wee camp’s second “Olympic Day.”

“We just did it last year because it was an Olympic year, but it went over so well we decided to bring it back,” said Alls.

Olympic Day will be set up just like the actual Olympics, giving all of the campers the chance to do multiple events. Also like the Olympics, the participants will all be awarded at the end with medals and certificates.
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