The athletics season is coming to an end, but a pair of Polk State College coaches will hold camps this summer to bolster fundamentals and give young players new insights into their sports. Polk State’s coaches host summer camps to engage the local community and foster young athletes’ interest in sports and higher education. While the summer camps are hosted by the individual coaches rather than the College because they are on campus, students are introduced to the idea of higher education.
Head Basketball Coach Brandon Giles and Head Volleyball Coach German Del Valle will help players progress, learn new things, improve in key aspects, and engage in friendly competition. Giles will hold a week-long camp while DelValle hosts a pair of three-day camps.
Brandon Giles Skills Camp
Ages: First grade through high school
Dates: July 11-15
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Participants can be dropped off as early as 8 a.m.)
Cost: $200 ($175 before May 15)
Giles and staff will hold the annual Brandon Giles Skills Camp from July 11 to July 15 at the Health Center on Polk State’s Winter Haven Campus, 999 Ave. H NE. Giles just completed his fifth season as head coach of the Eagles. Polk State finished 19-10 this past season and had its first All-American under Giles in honorable mention selection, Tommie Lewis.
The camp is open to boys and girls from first grade through high school. The price of the camp is $200, but participants can save $25 by registering before May 15. Checks should be made payable to Brandon Giles Consulting, LLC. Tuition includes lunch, a camp T-shirt, a basketball, and an Eagle Basketball Playbook to Success. The camp will also feature special guests and the opportunity to win awards.
Eagles Volleyball Camp
Dates: June 8-10 or July 28-30
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily
For more information: Email Dayanna Teixeira at DTeixeira@polk.edu.
Entering his 11th season with the Eagles, Del Valle has guided Polk State to the NJCAA National Championships on multiple occasions, including last season. Under Del Valle, Polk State has also won multiple conference championships.
Del Valle will hold two separate three-day camps this summer. Eagles Volleyball Camp is for ages 10 to 16 and will take place from June 8 to June 10 and from July 28 to July 30 at the Health Center on the Winter Haven Campus. Camps are open to players of all skill levels. Through the camp, players will work on fundamentals, including passing, hitting, and serving. Space is limited to 40 participants. Athletic attire, including shorts, kneepads, and tennis shoes are required. More information is available by contacting Assistant Coach Dayanna Teixeira at DTeixeira@polk.edu.