Campers improve both on and off field
“This is a great way to open up our campus to the community and give kids a taste of the collegiate lacrosse experience.”
After canceling the event last year due to the pandemic, Lopes’ Head Coach Jeff Guy and the Grand Canyon University Lacrosse team proudly hosted their 2nd Annual GCU Boys’ Lacrosse Summer Camp at the Canyon Activities Center on the GCU campus.
The three-day camp was packed with over 40 kids ranging from elementary school students to seniors in high school. With youngsters of all positions and skill levels attending – from local keepers to out-of-state attackmen, there was a wide range of excited campers ready to sharpen their game.
Led by current and alumni Lopes’ players and coaches, the camp was broken into age groups as the kids received collegiate-level training on shooting, passing and defending. Scrimmages were also included to allow kids to improve on teamwork and live game scenarios.
“The skill improvement in these kids is evident across the board,” said Guy. “It’s been really fun to watch everyone develop.”
Although the camp was centered around improving skill and gameplay, the campers were also taught intangible lessons that will help them not only as a lacrosse player but as people.
It took some time, though.
“In the beginning of the camp, many of the kids were not receptive to our coaching,” said Lopes’ alumni defender D.J. Hazell. “After working with them over the last three days, though, the campers’ listening skills have improved a lot, and they’ve built trust amongst each other and the coaches.”
“Lacrosse teaches a lot more than just the skills on the field,” said Guy. “Our goal is to teach these kids how to listen, be coachable, and work hard.”
It was not only the campers that were maturing and learning throughout the training. Coaching up the kids and building upon their fundamentals was beneficial for many of the Lopes’ players.
“I love the game of lacrosse, and coaching is definitely in my future,” said Hazell. “This game has evolved so much since I was a child, and it’s beneficial for me to see that from a coach’s perspective.”
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