Boys volleyball camp comes to Sports Factory

Staff Report 

Area athletes have the chance to learn from some of the top volleyball players in the nation at the first-ever Boys Volleyball Camp at UW Health Sports Factory, 305 S. Madison St.

Clarke University’s Head Coach Nick Clark will be bringing his coaching staff and players to the camp. Last season, the team ranked eighth in the country with an overall record of 20-11.

“I’m really excited to be coming to Rockford to work with the boys volleyball camp at the UW Health Sports Factory in conjunction with Rockford Volleyball Club,” said Clark. “Men’s volleyball is growing all over the country, and especially in the Midwest. We are looking forward to helping the sport continue to grow, and getting more young men involved in this great game.”

For two members of Clarke team, it’s a chance to return home and help mentor up-and-coming volleyball players.

Matt DePauw, a Hononegah High School graduate, was selected as the NAIA National Setter of the Week and earned a spot on the All-Academic Team. Juan Munoz graduated from Jefferson High School and recently signed on to attend and play for Clarke University. Both will be at the camp to offer guidance and tips to area volleyball players.

“I am excited to welcome our first university-run camp, and look forward to hosting USAV, JVA, AAU, NFHS camps, clinics, and tournaments in the future, as our facility meets and exceeds needs for these governing bodies,” said Derek Papich, UW Health Sports Factory Program Supervisor.

The three-day camp takes place July 25–27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is geared for boys ages 12–19. The cost is $160 for residents; $200 for non-residents.

Camp registration can be done online at rockfordparkdistrict.org (click My RPD), by mail, fax (with credit card), or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford or Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park, where information on support for participants with disabilities is also available

For more information, call 815-987-8800.

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