Nanooks Men’s Basketball hosts youth skills camp

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:37 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As most athletes know, there is no offseason - especially when it comes to skill development. The University of Men’s Basketball program opened a summer full of youth camps hosted by the Athletic Department with a three-day training session for local boys and girls from grades 4-9 at their home gym of the UAF Patty Center. The camp was instructed by coaches Greg Sparling and Jesse Brown, as well as current players who are ready to return to the court for the 2021-22 season.

“One thing I always talk about my student-athletes is always give back, because someone has helped you along the way,” Sparling said of his the importance of his players’ involvement in the community. “I mean even if you’re teaching a kid how to dribble right handed or left handed or a jump shot or whatever, just giving back what you have learned throughout your career.

It is good for them to get out there and you know they are seen as role models, and so hopefully a lot of these kids will come back to our games and our guys will recognize them and high five them and we will build that base, he added. “We are going to keep building on this and we are going to send the local youth back with some skills we taught them throughout the week.”

The UAF Athletic Department is schedule to host several camps throughout the summer across various sports.


Beginner: 0-2 years of experience. 7th-9th Grade Boys and Girls 7. July 26-28, 8am-12pm. $185. 45 participants. Water Bottle/Knee Pads/Clean Gym Shoes.


Intermediate: 1-3 years of experience. 7th-9th Grade Boys and Girls. July 26-28, 1:30pm-5:30pm. $185. 45 participants. Water Bottle/Knee Pads/Clean Gym Shoes.


Advanced: 3+ years of experience. 9th-12th Grade Boys and Girls. July 29-31, 9am-12pm & 1:30pm-5:30pm. $210. 45 participants. Water Bottle/Knee Pads/Clean Gym Shoes.


Notes: Experience more than age should determine participation. UAF Patty Center Gym

Cross Country Running - Lil ‘Nook Epic Running Cup

Dates: July 26-30

3 Age Categories: 1st: born 2016, 2015, 2014, 2nd: born 2013, 2012, 2011, 3rd: born 2010, 2009, 2008

Events: Decidedly a Day of Distance. Silly with Sprints. Over and Under Obstacles. Righteous Relays. Unfortunate Uphill’s & Dancing Downhill

Location: First day at Patty Center, remaining camp day locations will be announced by the coach.

What to bring: Running clothes appropriate to weather/Running shoes/Drink/Change of clothes for after the race/Snack

Discount Information: Sibling’s discount: 2 kids = $190, 3 kids $280

Notes: “Lil’ Nook Epic Running Cup takes you through all sorts of running races that you can dream of just in five days! Each day, your coaches will lead you through a good warm up routine and will preview the race course with you, while uncovering all secrets of that type of running! We will visit the woods; the track and we will even have an obstacle running race! If you become the winner of all the five races, your prize will be a pair of free running shoes of your choice! You can sign up for all the races at once to save some $$, or sign up separately for a race of your choice. We are looking forward to running with you!!! UAF XC Running Team.”


Hockey - 2021 Edge Boss Day Camp

Instructors: Past and present UAF Hockey players and coaches

Dates: August 9-12

Location: UAF Patty Ice Arena

Group A | 8U:

  • 8:00am-8:45am: On Ice
  • 9:00am-9:45am: Off Ice
  • 10:00am-10-45am: On Ice
  • 11:00am: Pick Up

Group B | 10U

  • 9:00am-9:45am: On Ice
  • 10:00am-10:45am: Off Ice
  • 11:00am-11:45am: On Ice
  • 12:00pm: Pick Up

Group C | 12U & Older

  • 4:00pm-4:45pm: On Ice
  • 5:00pm-5:45pm: Off Ice
  • 6:00pm-6:45pm: On Ice
  • 7:00pm: Pick Up

Group D | 6U

  • 5:00pm-5:45pm: On Ice
  • 6:00pm-6:45pm: Off Ice
  • 7:00pm-7:45pm: On Ice
  • 8:00pm: Pick Up

What to bring: Full hockey gear, Workout clothes (shorts, shirts, shoes, etc.)

Notes: “Develop skills and fundamentals under the supervision of current and past Alaska Nanook players and coaches. Improve: skating, puck handling, goal scoring, passing, confidence. Use new state of the art Edge Boss apparatuses designed to improve puck control. These are the same techniques NHL teams use, along with the Alaska Nanooks to get ready for the upcoming season.”


Field Day Camp

Dates: July 19-23 & August 2-6

What to bring: Water bottle/Athletic attire/Cash for concession stands/Active shoes

Notes: “This camp is designed to provide a wide range of Field Day game activities including, but not limited to; basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, capture the flag, and more! This action-packed camp will be filled with fun and exciting activities supervised by student-athletes and coaches.” $25 off per sibling. Early drop-off (7:45am) late pick up (5:15pm) for the week is an additional $25. Sack lunch for the week is an additional $30 (sack lunch includes sandwich, fruit, chips and drink).


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