One of the highlights of the Suns Summer Camp is the Gorilla's dunk exhibition. Submitted by Phoenix Suns

Summer is close and the kids are about to have a lot of time on their hands.

Although the parents usually don’t.

Solutions come far and wide including several area sports-themed camps. The camps range from the YMCA to collegiate and professional programs.

Options are plenty, the choices are yours.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the more popular sports-based camps.


Little Devils Kid Camp

The Arizona State women’s volleyball team is hosting an introduction camp for third- through fifth-graders July 11 to 13 at Wells Fargo Arena from 5:30 to 8 p.m. each day. The cost is $60 and each player receives a T-shirt and volleyball.

The purpose of the camp is to introduce the sport to the younger set. The net is lowered to enable each athlete to enjoy every aspect of the sport.

Enrollment is limited to 30 players and can be done online or by U.S. mail. Go to for more information.

Camps for older-aged athletes can also be found on the website.

ASU hosts summer camps for most of its sports programs and more information can be found at


Suns summer

basketball camps

The Suns day camp will be from Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, June 30.

The overnight camp will be on Friday, July 22 through Tuesday, July 26.

The camp offers the finest one-on-one instruction in a safe and positive atmosphere for boys and girls, aged 6 through 17. Suns personnel, including players, will be in attendance for two hours each day.

It is the perfect camp experience for every hoop-loving kid from beginners looking to learn about the game to advanced players needing to hone their skills. Learn all about the ins and outs, the tips and tricks, the drills and skills that can help any youngster love the game even more.

All while getting personal attention from experienced coaches under the watchful eye of a certified athletic trainer.

The day camp is $350 and the overnight camp is $495.

More information and the brochure can be found at


Golf camp

CrossWoods Indoor Golf Centers has partnered with Athletes in Training for Junior Golf Summer Camps and are offering summer camps for children ages 5 to 12 Mondays and Wednesdays, June 6 to 22, and again June 28 to July 14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The morning session is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. ($139) and the Stay and Play Package goes from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($297, includes lunch and 18 holes).

For more information or to register, visit


YMCA camps

The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA offers several options throughout the summer.

There is an adventure/travel camp for kids aged 11-14 with the date and location to be announced.

There are 10 full-day summer camps for ages 5-12 Xtreme Sports (June 6-10) and Beach Olympics (June 13-17).

For more information, go to

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