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Sports Fitness
Program 2015

Originally founded in 1951, the Department of Kinesiology & Community Health Sports Fitness Program has the distinction of being one of the longest running summer youth fitness programs in the country. The program began as a service to the communities of Champaign and Urbana with the intent of providing an opportunity for children to stay physically active in an organized environment during the summer months.

Programming includes options for full or half-day enrollment as well as enrolling children for two, four, six or eight weeks. Our goal is to provide a quality, developmental, physical activity program for children. The 2015 Sports Fitness Program will be accepting only 120 children per session and only accepting children 7-12 years of age. The children will be assigned to groups by age: 7 & 8 year olds; 9 & 10 year olds; and 11 & 12 year olds. Only 40 children will be enrolled in each group per session. In past years the program has filled up very quickly, so with the limited enrollment you will need to register early.

For Additional Information Call: 217-333-2461

New to Sports Fitness

Lunch Included

The last two years we included lunch in the cost of the program for children enrolled full-days. This was a big hit with the children and we have once again made arrangements with the UI Campus Housing Division to have lunch in the beautiful new Ikenberry Commons Dining Center. The Ikenberry Center is just a short walk from the hub of our activities. Our staff will escort the children to Ikenberry, and supervise them at the dining center. Meals are served buffet style and children will have the option of hot entrees, sandwich and salad bars, and drinks. Our staff will be present to help your children make appropriate lunch decisions. In addition, menus for children with special dietary needs can be planned, and provided, with the assistance of nutritionists at the Ikenberry Dining Center. For more information on University Housing dining services and a food allergy form go to:

*Please note if requesting a special menu for your child University Housing requires you to complete a food allergy form and provide documentation from your child’s physician at least two-weeks in advance. A copy of the food allergy form should also be provided to the Sports Fitness Program when you register your child so we may coordinate with University Housing.

Friday Sessions

Over the years, many parents have inquired about the possibility of Sports Fitness including programming on Fridays. The 2015 program will once again offer six Friday sessions as a separate enrollment option. We will again limit the enrollment in the Friday sessions to 40 children and offer special activities that we aren’t able to provide in our regular sessions. You may select the Friday sessions individually, or all six at a reduced rate. Lunch at Ikenberry Commons will be included in the cost of this enrollment. See the pricing section for costs and enrollment information.

Sports Fitness Program Mission and Purpose

  1. Develop personal activity and fitness behaviors. Our program is experiential. That is, we immerse the participants in a large variety of activities so they develop an understanding of their personal abilities. Personal physical activity behaviors and fitness are learned through regular participation in daily activity.
  2. Learn motor skills that can be used for physical activity throughout life. Movement competency is rooted in developing a broad base of motor skills. Our instruction is centered on developing motor skills in a positive environment that emphasizes the joy of activity.
  3. Develop an understanding of the concepts related to active and healthy behaviors. It is not enough to be active without understanding the reasons for being active and healthy. This understanding requires the knowledge of anatomical and mechanical principles of skill performance. We also believe that physical activity alone does not result in a healthy lifestyle. We will also have lessons in nutrition and opportunities to learn how to prepare healthy snacks and meals.
  4. One of the primary objectives of our program is to promote the principles of character...Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty, Fairness, and Good Citizenship. With this in mind, we emphasize participation, effort, and cooperation rather than competition and the outcome of a contest.


Three age groups: "Cubs" (7-8 yrs), "Colts" (9-10 yrs), and "Bears" (11-12 yrs).


Program Activities
June 15 – August 6:

The 2015 Sports Fitness Program will be organized around activity themes. Each two-week session of the program will have a different flavor to it. Register for sessions with your favorite activities, or join us for all. Either way, prepare for an action packed summer of learning and fun. Developmentally appropriate activities for each of the groups (Cubs-7 & 8 year olds; Colts-9 & 10 year olds; and Bears-11 & 12 year olds) will range from introductory to developmental. The Sports Fitness Program places emphasis on expanding the activity experiences of children. Our program is designed to offer a wide range of activities to ensure that each child experiences success. In addition, the variety of activities increase the chances that all children will find some activities that they enjoy, and want to stay involved with. We believe that activity programs, such as ours, must produce an enjoyable and positive social experience so the children develop a positive attitude toward participating in activity. It has been well documented that regular activity as a youth increases the probability of an active lifestyle as they age and ultimately a decreased risk of morbidity and mortality if continued throughout the lifespan. In short, active children grow into active adults and live longer and healthier lives.

Our activity themes for the 2015 Sports Fitness Program are as follows:

Education & Wellness

Body & Mind – Have fun while learning about the importance of an active lifestyle and balanced diet.

Junior Chefs – Develop food preparation knowledge and skills, prepare healthy foods, and learn basic table etiquette.

Sports & Games

Frisbee Disc Games – Grab a disc and work on your throw. Have fun with a disc while learning and playing Ultimate Disc, Disc Golf, and other original games.

The Body in Motion

  • Have fun and play games to improve your running skills while preparing for a fitness run.
  • Learn how to move the body upward as we learn the basics of rock climbing and tackle the ARC rock climbing wall.
  • Experience a high tech scavenger hunt as we learn how to use a hand held GPS device.
  • Develop body control and coordination as we have fun with rope jumping.

Born in the USA – Celebrate Independence Day by learning and playing games that originated in the United States.

In the Yard – Discover games you can enjoy at home or at the park such as Bocce Ball, Capture the Flag, Croquet, and 4-square.

On the Court – Step onto the court and play Basketball, Volleyball, Indoor Soccer, Team Handball, Tchouckball, and other fun sports..

On the Diamond – Have fun on the diamond while rounding the bases in Kickball, T-Ball, Softball, Cricket, and Pesapallo.

Over the Net – We’ll put up the nets and stay active while learning and playing Volleyball, Badminton, Pickleball, Tennis, and Wallyball.

Takin’ the Field – Head out to the fields to learn the basics of Speedball, Pillow Polo, Wiffleball, and Flag Football.

Splash Down – Develop the skills and knowledge to be safe in, and around, the water. We’ll learn the basics of water safety, survival floating, basic stroke development, boating safety, and kayaking.

2015 Sports Fitness Program
Tentative Activities & Facilities Schedule

Below you will find a tentative schedule of morning and afternoon activities for each two-week session of the 2015 Sports Fitness Program. This schedule is designed to give you a preview of the summer program. Revisions in these activities may have to be made as facilities are finalized, the background of the instructors hired for the staff, and weather issues. Please note that the cells of the schedule represent the themes and activities that will be included in each session. They do not represent the days of the week. Thus, some sessions contain more cells than others.

Session #1

Dates Morning Activities Afternoon Activities
Session 1 Week 1
June 15-18 Team Building
Whiffle Ball
Team Building
June 19 TBA
requires special enrollment
requires special enrollment
Session 1 Week 2
June 22-25 Fitness Fun
Climbing Wall (Th)
Kitchen (Th)
Flying Disc Games
Climbing Wall (Th)
Kitchen (Th)
June 26 TBA
requires special enrollment
requires special enrollment

Session #2

Dates Morning Activities Afternoon Activities
Session 2 Week 1
June 29-
July 2
Mixed Games (Bags, 4-Square, Pin Game, Tag)
Flag Football
July 3 TBA
No Sports Fitness Program
No Sports Fitness Program
Session 2 Week 2
July 6-9 Tennis
Stunts & Tumbling
Thursday: Rock Wall, Kitchen, Aquatics
Fitness Fun
Thursday: Rock wall, Kitchen
Aquatics (M-W)
Aquatics (Th)
July 10 requires special enrollment requires special enrollment

Session #3

Dates Morning Activities Afternoon Activities
Session 3 Week 1
July 13-16 Pillow Polo
Yard Games
Team Handball
July 17 TBA
requires special enrollment
requires special enrollment
Session 3 Week 2
July 20-23 Fitness Fun
Disc Games
Thursday: Rock Wall, Kitchen, Aquatics
Aerobics/Drums Alive
Whiffle Ball
Thursday: Rock Wall, Kitchen
Floor Hockey (Th)
July 24 TBA
requires special enrollment
requires special enrollment

Session #4

Dates Morning Activities Afternoon Activities
Session 4 Week 1
July 27-30 Tennis
Stunts & Tumbling
Fitness Fun
July 31 TBA
requires special enrollment
requires special enrollment
Session 4 Week 2
August 3-6 Soccer
Aerobics/Drums Alive
Rock Wall/Kitchen (Th)
Mixed Games
Team Handball
Field Games (Th)
Rock Wall/Kitchen (Th), Aquatics (M-W), Aquatics (Th)
Aug. 7 No Sports Fitness Program No Sports Fitness Program


Prices: Two week session enrollment minimum

Two-week sessions:

Dates & Prices

Session #1: June 15-25
Full Days: $350.00
Mornings: $220.00
Afternoons: $220.00
Early-Bird Drop Off: $22.00/week
Late Pick-Up: $22.00/week

Session #2: June 29-July 9
Full Days: $350.00
Mornings: $220.00
Afternoons: $220.00
Early-Bird Drop Off: $22.00 week
Late Pick-Up: $22.00 week

Session #3: July 13-23
Full Days: $350.00
Mornings: $220.00
Afternoons: $220.00
Early-Bird Drop Off: $22.00/week
Late Pick-Up: $22.00/week

Session #4: July 27-
August 6

Full Days: $350.00
Mornings: $220.00
Afternoons: $220.00
Early-Bird Drop Off: $22.00/week
Late Pick-Up: $22.00/week

Session #5: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
Full Days: $275.00 or $50/day if enrolling for individual dates
Early-Bird Drop Off: $33.00 all six sessions or $6.00 per day
Late Pick-Up: $33.00 all six sessions or $6.00 per day


The 2015 Sports Fitness Program will be conducted on University of Illinois Campus Recreation facilities. This year, with a few exceptions, all activities (morning and afternoon) will again be based at the ARC and nearby fields/courts. When we must deviate from this due to facility conflicts advance notification will be sent out in regard to any changes of the drop-off and pick-up locations.

Drop Off/Pick Up


Morning/Full-Day: 8:45 – 9:00AM

  • Drop-off in ARC west parking lot
  • Children check-in at ARC counter

Late Arrivals:

Bring child to check-in counter in ARC lobby

Afternoon: 12:45 – 1:00PM

  • Drop-off in ARC west parking lot
  • Children check-in at ARC counter


Morning: 12:00 Noon

  • Pick-up in ARC west parking lot
  • Children check-out with attendance staff

Early Pick-up:

Meet child at ARC check-in counter

Full-Day/Afternoon: 4:00PM

  • Pick-up in ARC west parking lot
  • Children check-out with attendance staff

Severe Weather Procedures

In the event of severe weather at Drop-off, or Pick-up, time we will use the following procedures:

MORNINGS & AFTERNOONS: ARC main entrance. Pull up on Peabody Drive and Sports Fitness staff will escort your child to or from your vehicle.

Program & Schedule


Early-Bird Program (7:45-9:00AM)

Early programming is available for $22 per week. Bring your child to the ARC check-in counter. No drop-offs before 7:45AM.

Extended-Care Program (4:00-5:15PM)

Extended-Care is available for $22 per week. Children must be picked up by 5:15pm at THE ARC.

Daily Schedule

Early-Bird Drop-off 7:45 – 9:00AM

Morning Session – 9:00 AM – Noon

Check-in 8:45-9:00 AM
First Activity 9:00-10:00 AM
Second Activity 10:00-11:00 AM
Third Activity 11:00-Noon
Morning Only Pick Up: Noon
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Afternoon Session – 1:00 – 4:00PM

Check-in 12:45-1:00 PM
First Activity 1:00-2:00 PM
Second Activity 2:00-3:00 PM
Third Activity 3:00-4:00 PM
Afternoon Pick Up: 4:00 PM
Extended Care: 4:00 – 5:15 PM


Lunch will again be included in the cost of the program for all children. Children will be escorted to, and supervised in the beautiful new Ikenberry Commons Dining Center. Children will have the option of hot entrees, sandwich and salad bars, and drinks. Menus for children with special dietary needs can be planned with the assistance of Food & Service Nutritionists. Lunch will again be included in the cost of the program for all children. Children will be escorted to, and supervised in the beautiful new Ikenberry Commons Dining Center. Children will have the option of hot entrees, sandwich and salad bars, and drinks. Menus for children with special dietary needs can be planned with the assistance of Food & Service Nutritionists.

Field Trips

Occasional field trips may be taken during the Sports Fitness Program to supplement our daily activities. Trips are taken during normal program hours. Prior notice of field trips will be sent home with the children during the program. Please refer to the section of the registration form on Informed Consent and Waiver for Field Trips for additional information.

Program Director

The Sports Fitness Program has been directed by Mr. Gary Crull since 1992. Mr. Crull has been a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health since 1991 and specializes in the areas of physical activity and physical education teacher education.


The Sports Fitness Program Staff is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, and graduates of the Department of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois.

Program Dates

The 2015 Sports Fitness Program begins on Monday, June 15th and ends on Thursday, August 6th. The program runs Monday through Thursdays. Two, four, six, or eight week enrollment options are available. There is a minimum of a two-week enrollment. Special Friday sessions will be offered on June 19th, 26th, July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. You may register your child for all six Friday sessions, or individual sessions. Please note the capacity of our Friday sessions will be 40 children to allow for special activities.

Registration and Requirements


Registration for the Sports Fitness Program has reached capacity. You may call 333-2461 to have your name put on a waiting list in the event that spaces open in the program.


To enroll your child(ren) in the Sports Fitness Program please complete the following forms for each child you register:

Registration forms:

Submit your registration online and pay by credit card, or send your $50.00 deposit (per child) to:

Sports Fitness Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
119 Freer Hall
906 S. Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-2461

Make checks payable to: University of Illinois Sports Fitness Program

The balance of the program fee is due and payable no later than the first day of your child's enrollment.

Enrollment in the program is limited to approximately 140 children in sessions 1-4 and 40 children in the Friday sessions. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Register early!

The Sports Fitness Program is open to children that will reach their 7th birthday by September 1, 2015 and do not reach their 13th birthday prior to June 15, 2015.

Please note that the Sports Fitness Program has a new online registration system this year and it will only allow you to make a credit card payment at the time of registration. If you do not pay in full at the time of registration subsequent payments will have to be submitted by check.

Refund Policy

Due to the fact that the Sports Fitness Program is a self-supporting program and must cover its own expenses, the following cancellation/refund policy has been established:

Your program fee, less a $25.00 administration fee, will be refunded without question if you cancel prior to May 22, 2015. At any time after that date, refunds, less the $25.00 administration fee, will be made for medical reasons only. Requests for refunds must be accompanied by a signed statement from a physician. No refunds will be given to program participants who voluntarily leave the program or anyone dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons.


While part of our daily activities are scheduled outside, precautions will be taken to limit your children from excessive exposure to the sun and heat. Children should wear appropriate athletic footwear and outdoor summer clothes for each session. Please note that children will not be allowed to participate in the following forms of footwear: sandals, Crocs, and toe shoes. These types of footwear are not designed to provide the stability and protection that athletic shoes provide. It is also recommended that children wear sunscreen during outdoor sessions.

Each child should bring their own bathing suit and towel for their aquatic sessions. Participants should refrain from bringing any other personal belongings to the program.

Program Gifts

Each program participant will receive a t-shirt designed specifically for the Sports Fitness Program. In addition, a special gift designed for program participants will be given out on the last day of the program.

Program Insurance

The Department of Kinesiology & Community Health will purchase accident insurance coverage on each participant in the Sports Fitness Program. The policy provides the following coverages: $1,000 accidental injury, and $150 dental expense to sound, natural teeth only; illness is not covered. Claim forms must be completed by parents within 7 days of the date of injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration and Fees

How can we register a child?

You may register a child online at

Can my child be placed in the same group as a friend/sibling?

Activities in the Sports Fitness Program are designed to be developmentally appropriate for the different age children enrolled in the program. Children will be grouped by age with 7 & 8 year olds, 9 & 10 year olds, and 11 & 12 year olds typically grouped together. We will only be accepting 140 children into each the four sessions. Children will be grouped by age so they are with others that have about the same ability levels. We want the children to experience success with the activities in which they participate. Being placed in a higher level group can lead to frustration and lack of enjoyment.

Can we switch our child to a different camp session after registering for another session?

Yes, provided there is space available in that session.

Is there a waiting list available if a session is full?

Yes, you may place your child’s name on a waiting list online for any session and will be notified if a space becomes available.

Are the activities in Sports Fitness competitive based?

The Sports Fitness Program places emphasis on skill development and the enjoyment of being physically active. In addition to physical and social skill development, we promote fun, safety, camaraderie, team work, and sportsmanship. While we do teach sport activities, they are structured to stress participation and enjoyment over competition.

Have your prices increased?

Program prices will sometimes increase from year-to-year. The Sports Fitness Program is a self-supporting program. We must cover all program expenses through enrollment fees. Of those, staffing and facility fees are our greatest expenses, both of which continue to increase. For children to receive the most enjoyable experience history has taught us to limit our enrollment and increase the instructor to student ratio. State day care regulations dictate a 20:1 student teacher ratio, ours is 8:1 allowing us to give students a better experience with more quality instructors. We try to keep fees in line with our costs while keeping our content competitive with other sport camps. This year lunch will again be included in the cost of the program.

Payment Information

Do we pay in full when we register a child?

There are different payment options. Online registration may be paid by credit/debit card and paid in full at the time of registration. You may also make a deposit of $50.00 per child to hold a space in the program. However, we must require payment in full before your child may begin the program. Credit/debit card payments may only be made at the time of registration. Subsequent payments must be made by check.

Are scholarships available for the Sports Fitness Program?

Unfortunately, we do not have scholarships available at this time. If you would like to make a donation to sponsor a child you may do so on our registration site.

Do payments for Sports Fitness Program fees count as a tax deduction?

Enrollment fees may count as a child care deduction. Fees may also be used as qualified expenses for your Flexible Spending Account. Consult with your tax advisor or Flexible Spending Account manager for complete information.

What to Wear/Bring/Not to Bring to the Sports Fitness Program

What should our child wear to the program?

All children MUST wear athletic shoes. Children will not be allowed to participate in any type of open toe sandal, Crocs, other forms of slip on shoes, or toe shoes. Swimming will be a regular part of our program and children must bring their own suit and towel. Children will receive a sport bag on the first day of camp to carry these items. Clothing should be appropriate for warm weather physical activities. Because many of our activities will be outside we do recommend that children wear a hat and sunscreen. Due to the possibility of an allergic reaction, program staff will not be permitted to apply sunscreen to participants.

What should our child bring to the program?

Bring their Sports Fitness sport bag, and their Sports Fitness water bottle.

What should our child NOT bring to the program?

Games, toys, stuffed animals, action figures, trading cards, and electronic devices are not allowed at the Sports Fitness Program. Cell phones, iPods, money, and other valuables should be left at home. Messages for your child or our staff may be left with the program secretary at 333-2461. The Sports Fitness Program will not be liable for any damage or loss of personal belongings.

What if our child requires medications during the program?

Sports Fitness Program staff will not administer medication to children unless it is brought in the original container with complete written directions. Each activity group will have a “traveling” instructor that remains with the group throughout the morning, or afternoon, sessions. Traveling instructors will carry the medication and provide it to the child as provided in the directions we receive.

Activity Locations/Drop off/Pickup/Parking/ Absences/Visitation

Where do the program activities take place?

With a few exceptions, all activities will take place in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and surrounding outdoor facilities. The ARC is located on the west side of campus at the corner of 1st Street and Peabody Drive (immediately north of Memorial Stadium). Beautiful turf fields, basketball courts, and tennis courts are an easy walk from the ARC.

Children will be escorted by Sports Fitness Program staff members during all transitions between facilities.

Where do I drop my child off for the Sports Fitness Program?

The drop off location for children enrolled for all sessions will be in the parking lot on the west side of the ARC. Please enter the parking lot from 1st Street proceed to the parking lane closest to the ARC and look for the Sports Fitness staff members waiting to meet you and your children. We ask that you do not leave your vehicle while in the drop off line as this parking lot is used by ARC patrons and others and we do not want to upset the traffic flow any more than necessary.

What if I drop my child off late to the program?

If you arrive after the normal morning drop off time, we ask that you park at a metered space and walk your child to the check-in counter in the ARC foyer. A staff member will be at the counter to check your child in and get them to their first activity.

Where do I pick my child up at the end of the day?

Pick-up locations are the same as drop-off. We ask that when you arrive to pick children up that you have their name(s) on a placard on your dash. We will have a staff member at the entrance to the pickup areas who will radio ahead to have your child(ren) ready. For afternoon pick up we ask your cooperation with two important things: (1) Do not enter the ARC parking lot before directed to do so by Sports Fitness staff members. Others must have access to the parking spaces and it will easily become congested if cars start waiting in line too soon. Please wait along the curb of the northbound lane of 1st Street. Please stay tight to the curb so as not to obstruct traffic. (2) Please only enter the parking lot only from the northbound lane of 1st Street. If we have cars attempting to enter from both directions we end up with major traffic congestion…and some very upset MTD drivers! There will be a staff member at the entrance to the ARC parking lot as you arrive. Please wait until directed to enter the driveway and place your child’s name on a placard on your dash. Our staff will radio the pick-up staff and they will have your child waiting when you get to the entrance. ALL CHILDREN MUST CHECK OUT BEFORE THEY LEAVE. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILDREN WITHOUT CHECKING THEM OUT.

What time will children be available for pick-up?

Morning activities are scheduled until noon. We will end activities in time to have morning only children at the ARC parking lot by noon.

Afternoon activities are scheduled until 4:00pm. Again, we will bring children to the ARC parking lot by that time.


What if there are storms at drop off or pick up time?

In the event of rain at drop off, or pick up time follow the procedures below: Drop Off & Pick Up: Take 1st Street to Peabody Drive. Proceed east on Peabody Drive and stop along the curb in front of the ARC. We will meet you outside the front entrance to the ARC. Stay close to the curb and do not block the north entrance to the ARC parking lot.

What if I am running late to pick up my child?

If you will be late to pick up your child we ask that you call the program office at 333-2461. If picking up after the morning session your child will be escorted to the check-in counter at the ARC. Please come to the check in counter in the ARC foyer and meet your child there. If running late to an afternoon pick up we will escort your child to the Extended Care program in the ARC. Extended Care programming costs $6.00 per day and you will be assessed that fee for the extended services.

What if I am late picking my child up from Extended Care?

We must provide staff to supervise children at all times. To cover the cost of staff we will charge a fee of $5.00 for each 10 minutes past 5:15pm that you are late to pick up your child.

Are we allowed to visit camp to observe our child?

Absolutely! You are welcome anytime you would like to see what your child is up to. We just ask that you sign in at the check in location and we will get you to the location of your child’s activity.

The Sports Fitness Program Staff

Sports Fitness Staff...Who are they?

Our staff is made up primarily of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Illinois. Many of them are pursuing their teaching certification in Physical Education. In addition, we employ graduates of the University who have worked the program in the past in leadership positions. We have also had some high school students working as junior counselors helping with equipment and escort needs. The selection process for staff positions is very involved with many highly qualified applicants. Once selected, staff members take part in about 20 hours of training and lesson preparation. We pride ourselves in being positive role models for the children in the program.