Camps include pickle ball, tennis and other sports.
Kids got to enjoy some fun and fresh air on the first day of Plantation Bay’s Holiday Sports Mini-Camps, on Dec. 21. The day consisted of learning how to play tennis, pickle ball and golf with alternative days promising an Italian favorite, bocce ball. There were a lot of laughs and good old fashioned game play with new friends.
Camp Director Michelle Brown knows the importance of outdoor activities and learning how to play sports. Brown was raised in a sports oriented family and played just about every sport known. She is currently a USPTA Elite Professional level tennis instructor but didn’t get the bug to play until she found her mom’s old wooden racket when she was in high school. She went on to play in college before moving from her hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania, to Florida. She began teaching children how to play tennis and found her passion.
As the owner of Positively Tennis, Brown helps other coaches use positive techniques when instructing children.
“Kids learn better in a positive learning environment. They embrace things easier when they know they can make mistakes,” she said. “We are not teaching kids just to learn a sport but to be good humans.”
Brown beams when she talks about finding a way to bring sports activities to children in the middle of the pandemic. She was able to offer summer camps this year by having the kids bring everything they would need, even their own camp chair. Her actions reassured the parents that their children would be safe and the camps were a success.
The mini-camps will continue with Camp 1 through Dec. 23 and Camp 2, Dec. 28-30 at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club.