Hofstra Art Experience Gets Creative

At the Hofstra Art Experience, campers experience multiple art disciplines. “We are currently offering cartooning, painting and clay to children in grades 2 through 9,” said Roberta Melnick, who supervises the program. “We try to foster an atmosphere where children can create their art in a relaxed environment.” Melnick started out as an instructor at Hofstra Summer Camps, teaching clay in 1991. She became director of the program two years later. After teaching art in the NYC public school system for 25 years, she retired in 2016. “I now spend my time enjoying life with my husband, children and especially… Read more »

Tennis for Everyone – A Slam Dunk

On Friday, all of our campers experienced Hofstra Summer Camps’ new program, Net Generation, the official youth tennis of the U.S. Tennis Association, taught by Tennis Directors Eddie and Sunny Fishkind. Campers in all programs enjoyed hitting some balls and learning some basics about the sport. Everyone got to try it out. Net Generation seeks to encourage “kids to challenge themselves. It helps shape the game to individual players, so they can learn at their own speed. Even more importantly, it use.s tennis as a pathway to personal development off the court.” Programs are designed to introduce the game to… Read more »

Basketball Players Sign Autographs

  Hofstra University’s men’s basketball team gave campers a treat on Tuesday when they visited our Summer Camp to give some personal attention to sports fans. They talked to campers, signed autographs and posed for a few photos. It was a perfect way to celebrate Hofstra Summer Camps Jersey Day. Hofstra Summer Camps offers both boys and girls basketball, grades 2-9, in session 1, 2 and 3. At Hofstra Summer Camp, we believe that great  players  are athletes who understand the game, their role in it, and their own strengths and challenges. Our coeducational basketball camp, staffed by knowledgeable high… Read more »

Ducks Pitcher Tyler Badamo Speaks at New York Baseball Academy (NYBA)

New Ducks pitcher offers tips and advice to New York Baseball Academy campers during Session 2. The Ducks acquired Tyler Badamo on June 29. A former player for Dowling College (16-7 with a 1.60 ERA and 224 strikeouts in two seasons), he had 129 strikeouts, breaking the school’s record in 2014. Badamo was then drafted by the Mets. He played three season with them–in rookie ball or Class A. Last season, the Arizona Diamondbacks bought his contract and he pitched three of their games. He is coming to Hofstra on July 17 and 19. Badamo will speak to Session 2… Read more »

Musical Theater Program’s Director Chris Brick

Chris Brick, director of Hofstra Summer Camp’s Musical Theater program, has been at Hofstra for 15 years!  “Hofstra is the perfect place to get involved in theater,” Brick said. “I started as a camper and made my way up to a director. It’s a great way for kids to express themselves and spend time with kids who want to do the same. Plus, who doesn’t love singing show tunes all day??” Hofstra Summer Camp’s Musical Theater program allows kids to learn the ins-and-outs of the Broadway world while singing, dancing and acting. “Our campers levels range from beginners to kids… Read more »

Join the Counselor Apprentice Program

 What is the Counselor Apprentice Program? Hofstra Summer Camp’s Counselor Apprentice Program (CAP) gets you ready to become a counselor and gives you the chance to become a junior staff member for the following year. This comprehensive camp teaches things such as how to build relationships, understanding and implementing policies and procedures, working with medical and special needs children and offers workshops and seminars on CPR training, how to prevent bullying and how to uderstand of the needs of campers. CAP participants divide their time between classes, assisting in the camps, and fun activities with the group. “The program will help build independence… Read more »

New York Baseball Academy (NYBA) Instructor Reid Gorecki

Introducing  a new addition to New York Baseball Academy — a former major league baseball player His Career New York Baseball Academy Instructor Reid Gorecki started playing baseball at age 5. His father, who was a baseball coach, and his brother would play Wiffle ball in his backyard and that is when his love of baseball began. He credits his success to his father and brother, who gave him advice and instruction when he was young. Reid played baseball at Kellenberg Memorial High School and was drafted in 2002 into the Major League. Reid played on various minor league teams… Read more »

Sports Journalism Program Offers Opportunities

  Jared Valluzzi has attended the Sports Journalism and Broadcasting Institute for Teens for two summers … and he’s coming back for his third at Hofstra Continuing Education. The self-proclaimed sports fanatic (“I fell in love with it.”) and athlete was initially nervous when starting the program and recalls shakily giving a report on the Cleveland Browns his first time on camera. Now, as a founder of the Friar Scoreboard Club at St. Anthony’s who does live play by play at the high school’s games, he’s a confident broadcaster … and he’s only in 9th grade. Jared pushes for more… Read more »