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 special components for tournament players and high schoolers. 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

Bobby Pennington was named head coach of Colgate Men’s and Women's Tennis in July 2006. In the nine years since his arrival in Hamilton, the men's team has tallied an overall record of 87-87 and the women have garnered a record of 76-95.

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 His players have been named all-league 23 times and have earned seven Player of the Month awards. He has coached a Patriot League Player-of-the-Year and two Rookie-of-the-Year honorees, including 2014-15 recipient Jacob Daugherty. Pennington also serves on the ITA Division I Men's Northeast Rankings Committee.

The Raider men enjoyed an outstanding 2014-15 campaign, compiling a 14-7 overall record, highlighted by a 7-1 mark at home, to post the most dual match victories since the 1997-98 season. Colgate rattled off eight straight victories during the regular season, its longest undefeated stretch since an 11-match streak within the 1996-97 season. Picked to finish sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll, the Raiders claimed fourth in the final league rankings thanks to win over League rivals Bucknell, Holy Cross Loyola (Md.), and Lafayette. Daugherty became the program’s third Rookie-of-the-Year honoree while also taking home Second-Team All-Patriot League accolades.

Boasting one of the youngest rosters in the Patriot League, the women also flourished in 2014-15, compiling wins against League foes Lafayette and Holy Cross, as well as Empire State foes Manhattan, Siena, Cortland and Rochester.

Pennington helped turn the men's team from a 6-12 record in 2005-06 to an 11-10 record in 2006-07. The men finished third in the Patriot League with a 4-2 mark, and rode a six-match win streak into the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders blanked No. 4 seed Lafayette 4-0 in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament, to mark the first win in the league tournament since 2002. Colgate recorded a program first, when three players were named to the all-league teams. In 2007-08 the men's team posted an 8-11 record and finished third in the Patriot League with a 4-3 mark. Martin MacIntyre captured Player of the Year honors along with a place on the all-league first team. 

The 2008-09 season eclipsed previous years with the men posting an overall record of 12-8 and finishing second in the Patriot League after regular season play.  During the 08-09 season the Raiders won five matches by a score of 4-3, defeated Army for the first time in seven years and advanced to the semi-final round of the conference tournament.  Both MacIntyre and John Nogueras were named to the All-Patriot League teams, with MacIntyre earning first team accolades and Nogueras earning second team. 

The women's team went from a 9-9 record in 2005-06 to an 11-8 record in 2006-07. Despite being a young squad, the Raiders posted a 3-1 league mark to finish second the Patriot League. Three players were named to the all-Patriot League teams. In 2007-08 the women got off to its best start since 1993-94, winning its first six matches that included three shutouts. With a 2-2 mark in league player, the Raiders earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament. After dispatching Lafayette in the first round, Colgate fell to Bucknell in the semifinals. Despite the loss, the Raiders recorded its second straight winning season with an 11-9 record. 

In 2008-09 the women's team posted an 8-13 record, earning them the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.  The Raiders defeated No. 4 seeded Holy Cross in the first round to advance to the semi-finals where they fell to defending champ Army.  Elise DeRose was named to the All-Patriot League First Team.

In 2009-10 the men's team finished with a 9-8 record and the women finished 9-7. Both teams finished in the top four in the Patriot League after regular season. The men beat No. one seeded Army for the second straight year in regular season while the women lost in Patriot League semifinals to Army. Michael Yassky, John Nogueras and Elise DeRose were named to the All-Patriot League second team .

During the 2010-11 season, the men's team finished with a 6-12 mark and made the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament. Luke Gensburg was named rookie of the year after a 12-6 overall record at the top spot in singles and a 4-1 mark in conference play. The women reached the semifinals for the fifth-consecutive year with an upset win over fourth-seeded Lehigh in the quarters as the fifth-seed. Stephanie Bender was the lone postseason honoree as a second team All-Patriot League player. Pennington earned the Patriot League Award for Good Sporting Conduct.

In 2011-12, the men's team improved to nine wins and earned the fifth seed into the Patriot League Tournament. 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. The women defeated Bucknell for the first time in five years and Alex Petrini was named second team All-Patriot League. Pennington also reached his 100th career comibined victory with a win over St. Bonaventure at home.

The 2012-13 season saw Pennington coach the women to a great turnaround, finishing the year 12-6 and earn its seventh-straight appearance in the Patriot League Semifinals. The women started the year with a seven-match winning streak and Kelsey Shea was named Second-Team All-Patriot League. Pennington is now second all-time in women's victories. On the men side, the Raiders finished 7-11 and Luke Gensburg was named first team All-Patriot League for the third-consecutive year. Pennington now ranks third all-time in men's victories. 

The 2013-14 men's squad was one of the most successful under Pennington, going 10-8 overall after posting a 7-11 mark the year before. They had big wins over Navy and Bucknell. It was the first time since 2006 Colgate had upended the Mids, while the Raiders beat Bucknell for first time since 2009. The men also improved its conference record with three more wins than in spring 2013.  Individually, Luke Gensburg was named All-Patriot League First Team, becoming just third player in Colgate history to be named First-Team All-League all four seasons.

Prior to taking the job at Colgate, Pennington spent two years as head coach of the men and women's tennis teams at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. In his two years with the Eagles, Pennington coached six all-conference selections and two league Rookies of the Year.

In the spring of 2006, he helped the men's team set a school record for wins in a season with 13 and in 2005, he guided the women to a 7-4 record after the squad recorded just one win the year before.

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 2002-2004, taking 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 ralley ball instructor at Blair Racquet Club. Pennington also spent time coaching boys and girls tennis at Hollidaysburg Area High School in 2001 and 2002.

He is also the director of the Colgate Nike Tennis Camps, which started in 2011. He is a 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 76 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.

Get to Know 'Gate Athletics -- Bobby Pennington

"Bobby continues to recruit student-athletes who are exceptional on the tennis court and in the classroom. Both the men's and women's programs continue to exceed preseason Patriot League rankings and compete successfully with our peer schools. I have had the opportunity to know many Division I coaches, and Bobby is one of the most competitive and witty I have ever met." -- Victoria M. Chun, Director of Athletics.

Influential Person in My Career: My dad, Big Bob, took me to all my tournaments growing up.
An Idea or Invention I Wish I Had Thought of: Yogate.
What I Like About My Job: Coaching up our student-athletes and forming lifelong relationships.
What I Like About Competing: Cream always rises to the top, and winning.
What I Would Like to Change: Tennis getting more respect and love at the collegiate and national level.
What I Like That Would Surprise Those Who Know Me: I once was a Radio DJ and taught high school English.
What I Like About Myself: I beat to my own drummer and am loyal to close friends and family. 

Miscellaneous Favorites

Heroes: Wife Jenny, Daughter Mia, Parents Bob and Janet, and Brother Michael.
Possession: Wristwatch from my dad.
Memento: Daughter Mia's paintings in my office
Magazines: Sports Illustrated and ESPN, subscriptions for both
Gadget: My Android LG3. NO iPHONE.
App: Bleacher Report.
Music: Rusted Root and 90s Rap.
Books: The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman.
Food: Middle Eastern and anything Jenny cooks.
Movies: Royal Tenenbaums and Big Lebowski.
Quote: "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough," by Mae West; and "Work Hard and Play Harder," by Tito Penny.

Camp Details

2016 Colgate University Nike Summer Tennis Camp Information

This year we are offering two weeks of day and week long tennis camp for kids (9:00am-4:00pm). The camp is designed for players of all ability levels ages 9-18. In addition to the general camp program, this year we are also offering a Tournament Tennis Training program during the first week of camp and a High School Tennis Training program (ages 13-18) during the second week of camp.

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.

High School Program

The High School Program is provided for players ages 13-18 who are currently on their high school team and wanting to move up the ladder or those planning on making the high school team.


  • 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)


Day campers bring their own lunch each day.


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. 


2016: Dorms TBD | 2015: 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 Groups or Private Extra Help, Optional Tennis, 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.
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!

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  • 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,, Tournament Training,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $845.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM - 4:00PM $345.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Jr Camp - All Skills,, High School,
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $845.00
Availability: Open

Day 9:00AM - 4:00PM $345.00
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.