Last sports, 'Kids in College' camps of the summer announced

New campus athletic director and longtime soccer coach Dave Murray will offer on boys and girls soccer from 9 a.m. to noon on July 20 - 24 at Penn State New Kensington's final sports camp of the summer.

Murray, who holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" license, will focus on shooting, passing, dribbling and defense. The camp is open to children in first through eighth grade and the cost is $99. Participants will receive a T-shirt and are asked to bring shin guards and a water bottle.

Soccer is the latest addition to the instructional sports camp lineup that includes boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball and coed racquetball. Murray is well-known in the soccer community and presided over the Geneva College soccer program for 16 years. His team won the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association championship in 1994.

The sports activities are a part of the Penn State "Kids in College" summer program. The program is part of the Pennsylvania Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative, which is a statewide effort dedicated to preparing the commonwealth for global competitiveness through a strategy of enhanced education and career development opportunities for students.

STEM initiatives are efforts designed to increase the number of grade-school students -- especially females, minorities and the underrepresented -- in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers while continuing the development of effective strategies to retain, recruit and re-train the incumbent workforce in these critical fields.

The last four STEM camps are set for July 20 - 24 at a variety of times. Two classes are open to children in grades four to six: Beginners' Robotics from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Amazing Weather Wonders from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Two classes are open to children in grades four through eight: Green Inventors from 11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. and Multimedia Design from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A limited number of scholarships are available from the Grable Foundation.

For 19 summers, the Office of Continuing Education has offered a variety of academic and sports activities for students in grades one through 12. Each year, more than 400 youths participate in the campus camps and learn by doing.

The Kids in College program is funded by a grant from the Grable Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the academic, artistic, and social experiences for at-risk youth living in the Alle-Kiski Valley. The grant is earmarked for scholarships and materials.

Based in Pittsburgh, the Grable Foundation supports community and youth organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania. The foundation reflects the philanthropic philosophy of Erret and Minnie Grable, who were strong believers in the importance of education in helping children build productive, self-sustaining, and meaningful lives.

For more information, call the Office of Continuing Education at (724) 334-6010.

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Last Updated July 16, 2009