Across Washougal School District, students flock to local school campuses for sports camps to sharpen their skills and get active this summer. Sports camps prepare students for fall athletics and encourage healthy habits during summer break. From June 27 to July 29, students in grades K-8 chose from summer sports camp offerings in volleyball, tennis, track and field, basketball, soccer, cross country, and football. Summer athletic programs are made possible through The Panther Foundation, a local nonprofit organization supporting Washougal High School athletics.
“These camps are important because this is our future generation,” said Courtney Wilkinson, head volleyball coach at Washougal High School. “When athletes start young, they really grow a love for the sport. Young students absorb everything like a sponge. They learn so fast.”
At summer volleyball camp, courses follow a peer mentorship model. Beginner athletes are paired with older, more experienced student athletes to build skills and confidence. The camps pair younger athletes with positive role models while reinforcing for older volleyball student players that they have a skill to share. With instruction and guidance from knowledgeable coaches, athletes are empowered to find a passion in team sports.
“Sports teach youth to overcome obstacles together,” said Coach Liz Bertch. “Involvement in sports teaches life lessons, and it teaches youth to work together to accomplish a common goal.”
Coaches and athletes at Washougal School District look forward to an enriching and rewarding fall athletic season. Washougal High School (WHS) welcomes a new Associate Principal and Athletic Director, Brian Wilde, this year. “I am really looking forward to joining the Washougal community and supporting adults who are working to create transformative experiences for students,” said Wilde.
Athletic programs contribute to the overall success and wellbeing of Washougal School District students. Student sports represent a portion of the extracurricular activities offered at area schools. Strong community support enables Washougal School District to serve the educational, social-emotional, and developmental needs of local students. Washougal School District knows, nurtures, and challenges all students to rise.