Kayla Bandy (pictured) teaching a Woodson Elementary student

July 2, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Earlier this summer the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Athletics Department hosted the inaugural WeeHawks Youth Camp on their Princess Anne, Md. campus. The two-day camp featured over 300 Carter G. Woodson Elementary School students, ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade and was organized by UMES coaches, student-athletes and staff.

“The students had a fantastic two days of excitement at UMES,” said Chad Moletress, Assistant Principal for Woodson Elementary. “The UMES staff made us feel welcome and treated us to a top notch experience throughout the six activities. We cannot wait to come back next year for more Hawk Fun!”

The Crisfield, Md. based school students enjoyed fun and learning activities from coaches and student-athletes as they rotated six unique stations inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, Sharon D. Brummell Bowling Lanes, and outdoor facilities. Coaches and student-athletes loved demonstrating the kids their techniques and lessons to become a successful athlete.

“This was an awesome trip,” said Linda S. Kinhart, a kindergarten teacher at Woodson Elementary. “The UMES staff was friendly and worked well with the students. I hope this continues for next year.”

UMES student-athletes devoted their time in showing the campers unique techniques in becoming a successful student-athlete all while having loads of fun.  A variety of sports were represented, led by All-MEAC First Team baseball selection and UMES senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.).

“The kids had a lot of fun,” Bull added. “The camp went well and I hope they got something out of the experience. We saw a lot of potential and some future Hawk student-athletes.”

Other notable student-athletes included Chris Adams (baseball), Aaron Chatman (track/cross-country), Kelly Cullen (softball), Alexis Hudson (softball), Jared Kerr (track/cross-country), Valerie Riggin (bowling), Mariana Alvarado (bowling) Khalil Rmidi Kamini (track/cross-country), Dominique Elliot (men’s basketball) and Moengaroa Subritzky (women’s basketball).

“We had a blast,” said head women’s bowling coach Kayla Bandy, who helped organize the event and of course coached the bowling station.  “The kids were into it, they learned about how a center works and they got to bowl a lot too.”

Each station ran about 35 minutes with three morning sessions, a lunch break and three more sessions before the students returned to school.  In addition to bowling, the students, who were all being rewarded for no referrals and other accolades, participated in stations about basketball, led by the women’s and men’s coaching staffs, volleyball, led by new coach Toby Rens, golf, led by Coach Marshall Cropper and members of the PGM staff, kickball, with baseball and softball student-athletes and track and field, led by their coaches and students.

UMES plans to work with Woodson Elementary again next summer for a similar event.

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