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Summer camp allows kids to major, minor in sports

Kids yearning to be the next University of Denver student athlete will have the opportunity to practice like one this summer.

The Pioneer Athletic Super Summer Camp (PASS) at DU allows campers, ages 6 to 12, to practice on the same fields and courts as DU student athletes, skate on its NHL-sized hockey rink and play in its Olympic-sized swimming pool.

This year’s program, the 14th, will be held May 28–Aug. 17. Participants will practice and learn a variety of sports, including floor hockey, touch rugby, tennis, lacrosse, martial arts, dance, climbing wall, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and T-ball.

The camp is continuing with a program started last year in which campers can choose “majors” or “minors” to focus on a specific sport. Youth Activities Manager Jennifer McDuffie says that the most popular major is “Pioneer Sports” which touches on every sport offered at DU. 

“With over 100 children each week in Pioneer Sports, this major provides a basic knowledge of over 30 sports and emphasizes team building skills and sportsmanship,” McDuffie says. The camp hosts 200 kids a week.

Children focus two hours of their day on a major. Two minors, which are optional, are 30-minute instructional sessions that teach children to improve either their skating or swimming abilities. 

Registration is taking place now. The price is $209 per week per child and there is a discounted price of $189 for additional children, DU alumni and employees, and Ricks Center students. Minor sports are an additional $35 a week.

For more information, call 303-871-3908 or visit

[Editor’s note: As of February 2008 the Youth Activities Manager is Jami Petersek, who can be reached at]

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