A camper starts to release the ball at the June 2014 WeeHawks Youth Bowling Camp.

June 26, 2014

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Women's Bowling program, head coach Kayla Bandy and WeeHawks, the UMES Official Kids Club, teamed up earlier this week to host the inaugural UMES WeeHawks Bowling Camp. More than a dozen participants took to the Sharon D. Brummell Lanes inside the Student Services Center (SSC) on campus for a day of fun, crafts, games and of course bowling.

The one-day event, offered to children ages 7-12, afforded the campers the chance to learn bowling instruction from some of the current and former UMES Lady Hawk Bowlers and head coach and former College Bowler of the Year, Kayla Bandy. They also participated in outdoor activities, took a look at how a bowling center works, made bowling crafts and had lunch and a snack provided.

When asked to rate the camp between a 1-5, nine-year old Dalton Phebus of Berlin, Md. exclaimed, "definitely a 10!"

"It was a lot of fun," said Bandy. "The kids really took to it. We bowled a lot, but mixed in a lot of other activities too so they wouldn't get burned out on bowling. It wound up being a well-balanced day and all the kids were a blast to be around."

"I want to go again," said almost eight-year old Carter Bradley of Laurel, Del. "I hope the same coaches come back next year, they were fun."

The camp had children from the surrounding Eastern Shore area, reaching as far north as Lewes, Del. and as far south as Crisfield, Md.

One local camper, Noah Connor of Princess Anne, Md. summed it up best. "It was cool. We got to bowl a lot and that's good because I like to compete in sports, but there were other neat things too, like seeing the inside of a bowling pin and how the machines in the back work."

UMES plans to hold the camp again next year with a date and time yet to be determined.



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