Reform Jewish leaders from across the country have founded a first-in-the-nation Jewish sports specialty camp that will begin in June of 2010. The camp, a long-time dream for the Union for Reform Judaism family of summer camps, comes true with the launching of 6 Points Sports Academy. For its inaugural season, the camp opens its doors to young athletes ages 10 to 15 in Greensboro, NC. Located on the $100 million facilities at the site of the American Hebrew Academy, campers and their parents can choose for one-of-three twelve day summer sessions. Applications are being accepted today on their website (http://www.6pointsacademy.org/).
"It's the first of its kind," said Randy Colman, Director of the 6 Points Sports Academy. "Young girls and boys can spend their summer in intensive programs to improve their athletic skills while enjoying a Reform Jewish camp environment. For a long time, young Jewish athletes and their parents had to choose between top-level sports training or a Jewish values-infused camp...not anymore."
At 6 Points Sports Academy, young Jewish athletes from all over North America will participate in a well-rounded camping experience that offers intensive training in the individual's chosen sport as well as cross conditioning electives. In addition, there will be Reform Jewish summer camp activities with other athletes, professional coaches and Jewish counselors.
"We used to have to choose whether our son/daughter would spend a summer getting intensive training in the sports they love or learning more about Jewish identity that's so important to us. Now we can have both.," said Lisa Fratkin of Richmond, Virginia whose son is planning on attending 6 Points Sports Academy next summer.
"Our campers will come away with learning and values that will help them both on and off the field," says Colman of the camp's goal to equip athletes with both sport and life skills. Colman was formerly the Assistant Executive Director at the Boca Raton, Florida, Jewish Community Center.
In June, 2010, 6 Points Sports Academy joins 12 other URJ camps throughout North America serving more than 8000 campers. Responding to demand, the overall URJ camping program has dramatically expanded in the last few years.
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The Union for Reform Judaism is the synagogue arm of Reform Judaism in North America, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 920 congregations across the United States and Canada. Union programs and services include youth and summer camps, music and book publishing, adult education opportunities, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC.