PARENTS HAVE MANY CHOICES FOR SPRING BREAK CAMPS IN TUSCALOOSA

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Kate Steiner and WVUA 23 Web Coordinator Erin Toland

With spring break approaching, students’ excitement is rising, but parents who cannot take off from work are at a disadvantage.

Fortunately, Shelton State Community College has a program that caters to this issue. The college is hosting the annual spring break baseball camp for students ages 6 through 14 from Monday, March 12 to Thursday, March 15. It is held at the baseball facility on Shelton State’s Martin campus, and the cost is $100 per child.

Former Red Sox pitcher and head baseball coach Bobby Sprowl is the camp director for this year’s camp.

“We bring them out in the morning and let them work on drills, whether it be field, hitting, running, throwing,” Sprowl said. “Then we let them have a little fun in the afternoon and play games, and in between, there’s a lot of basic stuff that kids need to learn.”

Everyone at the baseball camp is guaranteed to have a ball the whole time they are participating, Sprowl said.

“I think what we have to do is make the game fun all the time,” Sprowl said. “You know, a lot of times it’s about winning instead of about going out and having fun.”

There are several other camps that children can attend during spring break in the Tuscaloosa area. One of them is a general activities camp which includes bowling on March 13, swimming on March 15, arts and crafts and more.

It is held at the Belk Center, 2101 Bowers Park Drive, and the Phelps Center, 2200 Rock Quarry Drive from 7:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m from Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16. The cost is $27 per day or $81 for the week for one child. For more than one child, the cost is $24 a day or $72 for the week. Early bird drop-off is available at 6:30 a.m. for an extra $5 for the week.

The other camp is a Lego engineering camp which focuses on teaching children critical science, technology, engineering and math concepts that meet National Science Standards.

The camp will be Monday, March 12 through Thursday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Shelton State Community College’s Martin campus, 9500 Old Greensboro Road. The cost is $160 per child for the week.

All three camps are open the week of March 12.

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