The Ferris State University women's volleyball summer camps have annually earned the distinction of being among the Midwest's best and deservingly so.
Not only has the volleyball summer camp attracted local participants and those from all over Michigan, but also as far as Texas and California.
What separates the camp apart from others is the "experience" of being a valued entity to Ferris State University. The philosophy is not only help young girls become better volleyball players through individual instruction and challenging playing experiences, but to instill a sense of pride and teamwork among the participants.
The 2010 FSU Team and Skills Camps, which were conducted from July 9-23 on the Ferris State campus, featured over 100 teams and at least 1,300 individual participants. Seven of the eight sessions were filled to capacity while all four of the skills camp sessions exceeded capacity numbers.
The FSU volleyball camps, under the supervision of Bulldog women's volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm along with assistant coaches Theresa Beeckman and Dale Wilhelm, have prided themselves on being heavily involved and giving a considerable amount of one-on-one instruction.
With a passion for the sport, the staff along with former and current FSU women's volleyball student-athletes are committed to providing a memorable "experience" of a lifetime.
"We really enjoy running the volleyball camps, especially having the opportunity to impact the volleyball and athletic careers of so many younger players," said Brandel-Wilhelm. "It's a big responsibility and we truly appreciate the chance to become a part of their athletic careers and to have them become a part of our Ferris State Volleyball family."
Ferris State Athletic Camps Coordinator Gary Wendlowsky agrees and is pleased with the importance which FSU places on making an exceptional first impression. As a matter of fact, the FSU Admissions Office conducts presentations for participants involved in the individual camp sessions.
"It's an extremely important recruiting tool for the University as we get many summer campers who come back to Ferris State as students," said Wendlowsky. "The camp provides important funding to the women's volleyball development fund for travel and other related expenses."
The "experience" gained by the attendees has also proven to be invaluable as evident by their comments.
"It is fantastic that you tailor (the team camp) to fit our needs!"
"Best camp I've ever been to."
"We love the camp. The knowledge here is better than any clinic or camp our player or coaches have been at."
"Once again a wonderful experience for the girls. The staff was very warm and helpful. Thank-you!"