Colgate University Nike Tennis Camp

Colgate University Nike Tennis Camp
Colgate University Nike Tennis Camp

We are excited to offer another year of Nike Summer Tennis Camp on the beautiful campus of Colgate University. Campers will work hard, have fun and take their game to the next level. Come join the fun and get better at this summer tennis camp for kids!

Nike Tennis Camp in Hamilton, NY

Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York. This tennis camp is geared towards players of all ability levels ages 9-18, with a special component for tournament players. Our goal is to give players the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group. Our camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a variety of evening social activities.

Highlights Include

  • 5-6 hours of daily on-court tennis instruction with a low camper to staff ratio of 6:1
  • Fun off-court evening activities for overnight campers
  • Daily tennis training from head men's coach and his experienced staff
  • Safe, healthy and fun environment
  • Nike amenity package including camper t-shirt and merit based prizes
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Bobby Pennington
Camp Director

Bobby Pennington

Named head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams in July 2006, Pennington has coached a Patriot League Player of the Year, two Rookie of the Year honorees and 25 All-Patriot League performers. 

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Pennington this season registered his 100th Colgate men’s tennis coaching victory and guided the Raiders to a second consecutive 14-7 record. Seven Raiders have earned Patriot League Player of the Month during Pennington’s time on the Colgate courts. Picked for sixth in the 2016 preseason polls, Colgate entered the Patriot League tournament as the fourth seed after going 4-2 against conference foes.
Jacob Daugherty again highlighted the individual efforts by earning All-League First Team honors one season after being named Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Daugherty went 16-4 at No. 1 singles and partnered with Tom Hale to go 15-3 at No. 1 doubles. Pennington called the duo the “best doubles team in the league.”
Pennington on the men’s side at Colgate is now 100-95. His women’s coaching record is 84-107 for a combined mark of 184-202. The Colgate women went 8-11 in 2015-16, including a 2-3 mark against Patriot League foes. First-year Lauren Hyland’s outstanding debut season landed the Colgate rookie on the All-Patriot League Second Team. Hyland played the No. 1 position for the Raiders and was a part of 10 singles victories and 11 doubles triumphs.
Pennington arrived on the Colgate scene in 2006-07 and immediately pushed both teams over the .500 mark. The men finished 11-10 for their best record in three years, and the women were 11-8 for their top mark in four seasons. The men’s team achieved a program first when three Raiders were named to the All-League teams.
Martin MacIntyre earned 2007-08 Patriot League Player of the Year for the men, while the women began 6-0 for their best start since 1993-94. MacIntyre repeated as an All-Patriot League First Team selection in 2008-09 when the men went 12-8 overall and finished second in the conference. Included was a victory over Army for the first time in seven years and advancement to the tournament semifinals. Elise DeRose earned an All-League First Team spot on the women’s side.
The 2009-10 teams both finished in the top four in the Patriot League’s regular season, with the men knocking off eventual top-seed Army for the second straight year. Luke Gensburg in 2010-11 was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year after going 4-1 in conference play and 12-6 overall. The women reached the tournament semifinals for a fifth consecutive season and Pennington earned the Patriot League’s Award for Good Sporting Conduct.
In 2011-12, Gensburg was named first team All-Patriot League for the second straight year. The women finished third in the league and made the Patriot League semifinals for the sixth consecutive year. Pennington also recorded his 100th Colgate combined victory with a home win over St. Bonaventure.
The 2012-13 season saw Pennington coach the women to a great turnaround, finishing the year 12-6 and earning their seventh straight appearance in the Patriot League tournament semifinals. The women started the year with a seven-match winning streak and Kelsey Shea was named All-Patriot League Second Team. Pennington took over second place in Colgate women's tennis coaching victories and third on the men’s chart. Gensburg was named first team All-Patriot League for the third consecutive year.
The 2013-14 men's squad knocked off Navy for the first time since 2006 and Bucknell for first time since 2009. Individually, Gensburg became just the third player in Colgate history to earn All-Patriot League First Team honors all four seasons. A highlight of 2014-15 was an eight-match winning streak for the men that was the program’s longest since 11 in a row way back in 1996-97. The team’s 14 victories – highlighted by a 7-1 home mark – were the most of the Pennington era and most for a Raider men’s squad since 1997-98. Jacob Daugherty was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
Prior to taking the job at Colgate, Pennington spent two years as head coach of the men and women's tennis teams at Division III Juniata in Pennsylvania. In his two years with the Eagles, Pennington coached six All-Conference selections and two league rookies of the year.

During his time at Juniata, Pennington founded the Attack & Defend Tennis Camp. Acting as camp director, Pennington helped instruct 50 children of all ages and ability levels.

While earning his master's degree at Clarion University, Pennington acted as the assistant coach of the women's tennis team from 2002-04 and took a winless team to nine wins in just one year. He earned his degree in communications and mass media technology in 2004.

Outside of college tennis, Pennington has been the head tennis pro at Toftrees Resort and Conference Center and a rally ball instructor at Blair Racquet Club. Pennington also spent time coaching boys and girls tennis at Hollidaysburg Area High School in 2001 and 2002.

Pennington also is the director of the Colgate Nike Tennis Camps, which started in 2011. He is a former member of the ITA Division I Men’s Northeast Rankings Committee and a past member of the Hamilton Chapter of the Rotary Club.

Pennington during his collegiate student-athlete days was part of "The Streak" – one of the most amazing dynasties in collegiate athletics. Pennington's alma mater, Kalamazoo College in Michigan, has won 78 consecutive conference men's tennis championships dating to 1936 (no titles presented during World War II).

Pennington was captain his senior season of 2001 and part of an All-America doubles team with partner Andrew Minnelli. He was a Rolex ITA finalist in the fall of 2000 and ranked in the top 20 nationally in doubles. Pennington and the Hornets advanced all four years to the NCAA tournament. During his freshman year he helped the team clinch the bronze medal with a doubles win over Emory. The following year, Kalamazoo finished second in the country. In Pennington's final two years with the Hornets, the squad finished with matching ninth-place finishes.

His wife, Jenny Sue Pennington, teaches nutrition courses at Colgate. She was a snowboarding instructor and professional at Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid for seven years, and the couple met there in 2010. They now have a daughter, Mia Shanley, and a son, Clifford.

Camp Details

This Summer we are offering two weeks of overnight and day camp for kids (9:00am-4:00pm) for players of all ability levels ages 9-18.

2017 Camp Dates & Offerings 

  • July 9-13 (Overnight & Day Camp | All Skills) 
  • July 13-16 (Overnight & Day Camp | All Skills & Tournament Training) - Short Session 
More Important Camp Details

Camp Program Offerings

All Skills Program

All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. The All Skills program is designed for tennis players of any skill level and background. Campers will learn fundamentals and improve upon their game. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

Tournament Training Program

The Tournament Training Program is geared towards tournament level and ranked players looking to improve their tournament results, learn winning strategies, and work on mental toughness.


  • Overnight campers arrive at 4:00pm on Sunday at the dorms.
  • Day campers arrive at 8:30am on Monday at the courts. 
    • (Day campers stay until 4:00pm on check-in day.)
  • 11:30am on Thursday at the tennis courts for all campers.

Day Campers Schedule

  • Day campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.
  • All Day Campers depart each day at 4:00pm (except Thursday)


Lunch is included for day campers!


Campers will play on the 9 regulation courts at the Joseph Abrahamson Tennis Courts. In case of inclement weather, campers will use the 4 indoor courts in the Charles H. Sanford Fieldhouse. 


2017: Dorms TBD | 2016: Campers will reside in single and double rooms in the Bryan Complex dorms. Every 3-6 campers share 1 bathroom. There is no A/C in dorms. Campers can bring fans. Roommates are assigned by requests then by age and gender.

Weekend Stayovers

Weekend stayovers are not available at this location.

Designated Airport

Syracuse Hancock


Nike Tennis Camp does not provide any transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into Syracuse Airport and schedule a shuttle/bus from the airport to camp.

If you have a camper arriving by air and is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there may be a fee of $50 that needs to be paid in advance of camp. You will still have to arrange transportation to/from camp. Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.

Medical Staff

We have a hospital adjacent to our athletic facilities.  We have a team of EMTs on campus 24/7 in accordance with Children's Camp regulations.  They hold medications (campers can't keep medication in their rooms) and establish med times, complete paperwork required for the Department of Health, and submit illness and injury reports if necessary. They can provide treatment in emergency situations.

Registration Packet

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

Camp Code: TNXRCG

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30am Stretching, Camp Meeting at Courts
  • 8:45am Tennis Instruction
  • 10:00am Break
  • 10:15am Tennis Instruction and Drills
  • 11:45am Lunch, Rest, Optional Tennis
  • 1:15pm Tennis Program, Match Play
  • 2:45pm Break
  • 3:00pm Tennis Program, Doubles and Drills
  • 4:00pm Conclusion of Daily Tennis Program
  • 4:15pm Swimming
  • 5:00pm Rest, Shower, Dinner
  • 7:15pm Evening Activity
  • 9:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 9:30pm Overnight Campers to Rooms
  • 10:15pm Lights Out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.

Coach Pennington and his staff were excellent at the camp for my son Antonio. Their energy and positive attitude were outstanding!

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  • 5/5.

Camp was amazing! My daughter had a wonderful time. She learned a lot and was able to have fun in the evenings through supervised activities. The coach was there in the evenings to join the group in their activities along with the counselors. My daughter felt very safe in her environment and is eager to return next year.

  • 3/5.

Eliza enjoyed her experience at the Colgate Nike Tennis Camp very much.

  • 5/5.
Highest compliments!

Dear Coach Pennington,

Thanks for a great week for my daughter at Colgate! Highest compliments to you and your staff who really kept it FUN. It was the hottest week of the summer and you and your staff did a great job keeping the kids hydrated, laughing, and playing through it. Much fun was had off the court as well, and it was a great introduction to Hamilton and Colgate for my daughter.

Thanks so much and good luck with your third week!

  • 5/5.

Coach Pennington was absolutely terrific. The week was very hot but he has a great sense of humor and kept it fun yet competitive. His counselors were excellent as well. Just a terrific camp all around!

  • 5/5.
Definite Improvement

My son, Jeremy, had a great time at camp. I can tell his tennis game has improved and he seems much more passionate about the game. I would recommend this camp to others. 

  • 4/5.
Excited to Return

I loved the camp and i will totally go back next year. All of the coaches were amazing and were great about helping me and being great about my knee and ankle problems and don't forget my clumsiness.Best Camp Ever!

  • 5/5.
Appreciating Individual Attention

Very impressed with coaches and staff as a whole. They took time to give individual attention to my son and his confidence really grew. He wants to go back next year and has told all his friends that they should go with him.

  • 4/5.
I see the improvement!

Super fun. Want to go again. Really helped my second serve. 

  • 4/5.
Great coaches!

Loved the coaches at Colgate !!!

  • 5/5.
Top Notch

The coaching staff was top-notch and the facilities were gorgeous. I had a great time!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $875.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM - 4:00PM $395.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Short Session: Thursday-Sunday
Overnight $665.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM - 4:00PM $335.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.