Blountstown volleyball had a busy week hosting annual kids camp

Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 10:34 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -It was a busy week in Blountstown. The Tiger volleyball team hosted their annual kids camp for local players.

The camp ran Tuesday through Friday with an age range of six to 14 , and these girls know how to work on the court.

The volleyball team themselves were there to help run things, along with head coach, Leigh Anne Summers and newly named assistant coach and Gulf Coast volleyball alum, Emma Richards.

Last year, the camp didn’t run due to COVID, but this year they were back and better than ever. Coach Summers says she loves watching the players fall in love with the game, but she also loves to see her team in action with the youngsters.

“It’s been good to the dynamic with them teaching the game and saying ‘Okay, these are the skills we have taught, and now, they’re translating.’ I think it’s important even past high school to be able to reach out and to teach and grow people in anything they do, so it’s been fun to watch them do that.”

She also added that camps like these are important to young kids who may never be introduced to the sport of volleyball otherwise.

“There’s not a lot of opportunity for volleyball for a lot of our younger kids, so I think it’s important that we offer something to kind of give them a start and an interest in it, and we like to have a lot of fun. We like to show them that this game is fun, and I think that’s big,” said Coach Summers. “I’ve parents who have texted me, ‘Hey, my kid had so much fun. You’ve really sparked an interest. They don’t do sports, but now they want to play volleyball.’ To me, that is the legacy that I want to leave as a coach is I want to leave this place better than I found it, and this is an opportunity for us to do that.”

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