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Fieldhouse to host ‘Drop and Shop’ camp

Updated: January 14, 2014 12:40PM



Not a creature was stirring, according to the classic Yuletide tale, on the night before Christmas. On the day after the holiday, however, at the area’s big house for basketball, plenty of activity will be found at a unique camp for youths.

Pro U recently announced its “Drop and Shop” holiday season Fundamentals Basketball Camp sessions that are slated for Dec. 26 and 27, and Jan. 2 and 3 at The Fieldhouse-Merrillville (899 E. 99th Court, Merrillville). The concept is built around parents dropping their children off at camp at 10 a.m. and accomplishing their Christmastime shopping at local retailers until the completion of open gym at 6 p.m.

Camp sessions are open to boys and girls in grades 3 to 12. Instruction runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by an open gym period, to which campers receive complimentary admission.

The cost of the Pro U camp is $50 per participant and $30 for each additional family member. A special team rate of $400 is available to squads with a maximum of 10 players.

Camp director John Stroia has more than 25 years of college coaching and camp coordinating experience. He has worked with athletes as an instructor for coaches Bobby Knight, Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski, as well as from the coaching bench at Ball State, Ohio State-Lima, Youngstown State, Weber State and Bowling Green.

For more information, call 738-2424, or visit thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.

Local girl to attend First Tee summit: A local youth golfer who got her first hole-in-one at age 14 recently earned another distinction when she was chosen to attend The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits summit in La Quinta, Calif.

One of 24 First Tee participants nationally who will be attending the Jan. 12 to 15 conference, Emily Harvey is gearing up for the event while continuing to excel in her other pursuits.

Harvey, 15, is a freshman at Crown Point High School, where she maintains a 4.2 GPA. Active in The First Tee of Valparaiso since 2007, she serves as a mentor and assists in teaching the game to younger golfers. She is a member of the Bulldogs varsity golf team and helped the squad advance to the regional, earning rookie of the year honors and the athletic scholar award.

She is also active in the Crown Point orchestra and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her volunteer work includes serving with Bethel Church ministries as well as volunteering for numerous charitable causes.

Golf remains one of Harvey’s first loves. She is an active member of Northwest Indiana Junior Golf Association and the Indiana Junior Golf Association. She plays in various NIJGA and Mountain Dew Junior Tour events. She has also participated in the LPGA Girls Golf Academy in Kiawah Island, S.C., and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes golf camp at Gongaware Junior Golf Academy in Franklin.

For more information on The First Tee, call Creekside Golf & Training Center at 531-7888, or visit thefirstteevalparaiso.org.



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