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George Fox University offering numerous free youth sports clinics on Aug. 22

George Fox University and Newberg are pretty tightly intertwined and for the school's sports teams, that translates into a lot of support on game days.

One of the biggest ways the athletic department likes show its appreciation is with Bruins Sports Day, when it offers a variety of youth sports clinics for children in grades 2-8.

"We get to welcome our community to campus and our student athletes get to engage with the young people through a shared love of sport," associate athletic director Elise Trask said. "This community is so supportive of our student athletes that this event is just a small way we can give back."

This year's event will be held Aug. 22 and area youth can register for clinics in one of eight different sports that will be led by GFU coaches and varsity athletes at locations across campus. Students can sign up for football, volleyball, soccer, tennis, cheerleading, softball, baseball and, for the first time this year, girls lacrosse.

This year's event will run from 12:30 to 3 p.m., with football and cheerleading hosted at Stoffer Family Stadium, soccer at the Austin Sports Complex, softball and baseball at the Morse Athletic Complex, volleyball at Wheeler Gymnasium and lacrosse at the outdoor tennis courts adjacent to the football stadium.

To register, visit the GFU athletic website at www.athletics.georgefox.edu and click "camps" from the "About" tab. Guidelines for what to bring and what to wear are also listed online. For more information, call 503-554-0283.

"The timing of this event is perfect too because it's right before our student athletes start school and before they start their competitive game schedules," Trask added. "It's a great reminder for them that their sport is just a small part of their experience here, a reminder of why they love what they do and a reminder of the positive impact that they can have on the lives of young people who look up to them."

Sports briefs

Register for Bruin Basketball Academy

George Fox University head women's basketball coach Michael Meek will host the Bruin Basketball Academy for all players in grades 3-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23-26 at Wheeler Gymnasium. Players will be instructed on dribbling, passing, scoring off the drive, scoring off the pass, getting open, defensive skills and much more. Cost is $195 per camper and $155 for each additional sibling. Each player will receive a basketball, camp T-shirt and 22 hours of instruction. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2Imb88x.

GFU offering two hoops camps

George Fox men's basketball head coach Maco Hamilton has announced the dates of his youth basketball camp and elite basketball camp for the summer of 2018. The youth camp for boys entering grades 3-8 will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-9. This camp will provide quality instruction with an emphasis on individual skill development by the George Fox coaching staff, as well as current and former collegiate players. High-quality competitive action will include various contests such as a "Hot Shot" competition, free throw and three-point competition, and 3-on-3 tournaments. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and basketball, a camp photo, and a certificate with the coaches' evaluation.

The elite camp for boys entering grades 9-12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. It is designed to provide position-specific individual skill development and collegiate-level scheme instruction and implementation from the Bruin coaching staff. Game scenarios and situation work will be taught and campers will apply what they have learned in competitive 5-on-5 games. Players attending the Elite Camps should be high-level varsity athletes capable of playing at the collegiate level.

The cost of the Youth Camp is $150 per person for early registration, while the Elite Camp cost is $75 per person. More information, including a downloadable a registration form, visit athletics.georgefox.edu/camps/index.

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