Region recreational sports roundup
By Anthony D. Alonzo Post-Tribune correspondent June 13, 2012 11:04PM
The Fieldhouse-Merrillville’s basketball camp coordinator John Stroia recently announced the addition of Dan Palombizio, 1981 Indiana Mr. Basketball, as an instructor for their upcoming Big Man Camps.
Palombizio, a Michigan City Rogers grad and former Purdue and Ball State star, will focus on fundamentals for youth, as well as playing offense and defense in the low-post area at the June 18 to 20 camps. Pro U and Northwest Indiana McDonald’s owners are the official sponsors for all of the Merrillville venue’s summer basketball camps.
The Big Man (Session I) lessons for boys and girls in grades 3 to 12 will be from Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, with the Strictly Shooting Camp (Session II) to follow from 1 to 3 p.m.
Registration is $55 for each session or $45 per session if campers attend two in one week. The cost for additional family members is $30 each. For more information or to register, call 738-2424 or visit www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
PUC camps: Purdue Calumet’s volleyball program will serve up the first of the school’s summer instructional sessions with its youth volleyball camp set for June 18 to 21.
Participating boys and girls in grades 6 to 8 are expected to report to the Peregrines’ Fitness and Recreation Center at the Hammond campus at 9 a.m. each morning with sessions lasting until noon.
PUC coaches and members of the volleyball team will provide small-group instruction. The cost of the camp is $40 per participant with T-shirts awarded at conclusion of the program.
From June 25 to 28, Purdue Cal will host a boys basketball camp, while their girls camp is slated for July 9 to 12. Both programs will run from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more details, call 989-2540 or visit www.purduecalsports.com/fanzone/camps/.
VU hosting women’s hoops camps: The Valparaiso women’s basketball program is set to host three summer camps at the university’s Athletics-Recreation Center.
Their Team Shootout will be held on June 22. This camp is designed for high school varsity and junior varsity teams and their coaches. Each squad will play four games and participate in an overtime tournament. The cost of the camp is $300.
On June 26, the Crusaders will host their annual Elite Camp. This is a teaching and competition event for incoming high school students that will be run like a college practice. It is set for noon to 8 p.m. The cost of the camp is $60.
A three-day Day Camp will take place from June 27 to 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for girls entering grades 3 to 8. The focus will be on the fundamental skills of basketball with an emphasis on dribbling, passing, and shooting. The cost of the camp is $140.
For more details or to register for any of the camps, contact Steve Helm at 464-6968 or Steven.Helm@valpo.edu.
Gary Pop Warner signups: Registration for Gary Steelers Pop Warner football and cheer kicks off June 16 for the fall 2012 season.
Gary area youth ages 5 to 15 are invited to sign-ups on Saturday, as well as on June 30 and July 14 and 28. Each session will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and held at the Pink Building at 2100 W. 11th Ave., Gary.
Costs are $185 for the first child and $160 for all other children in same household. A late fee may apply to payments made after July 1. Fundraiser participation is required.
For more details or to inquire about becoming a volunteer football or cheer coach, call Denise Huntley at 805-1363 or Latanya Williams at 256-4222. Online registration and payment arrangements are also available at www.garysteelerspw.webs.com.