Georgetown University Nike Tennis Camp

Georgetown University Nike Tennis Camp
Georgetown University Nike Tennis Camp

The Georgetown University Nike Tennis Camp is a day camp for young athletes to come and take their tennis game to the next level. At this excellent summer camp, different options are available for all skill levels and ages 6-17. Campers will work hard, make new friends and have a lot of fun.

We are offering five weeks of full day (ages 7-17) and half day (ages 6-17) options for campers of all skill levels. Our junior tennis camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play. Join the fun this summer and elevate your game!

Highlights Include

  • Daily instruction from head men's and women's coach, Gordie Ernst, and his experienced staff
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • 5-6 hours of daily instruction with low camper to staff ratio and constant supervision
  • Gain self-confidence through tennis success

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

2014 Camp Information

Program
(Camp Code: TNXDGT)
This year we are offering five weeks of day camp and half day camp for kids ages 6-17.  We will also be offering a "10 and Under Tennis" program for those kids who are just learning the game (ages 6-10).  Lunch is included for Full Day Campers. 

Full Day (8:30am-3:00pm) Ages 8-17
Half Day (8:30am-11:30am) Ages 6-17

CHECK-IN:
• Monday – Friday check-in is between 8:30-9:00am for all campers at the McDonough Gym Parking Lot next to the outdoor tennis courts.
• Campers should arrive at 8:20am all other mornings.
• Campers should come dressed to play as we will head straight to the courts after check-in.

CHECK-OUT:
Monday-Thursday daily check out is at 3:00 pm (full day campers), and 12:00pm (half day campers)  at the McDonough Gym Parking Lot.
• Friday check-out is at 12:00 noon for all campers at McDonough Gym Parking Lot.  

Courts
Campers will play at the 14-court (outdoor) Georgetown varsity tennis facility. Additional indoor courts are available in case of rain.

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.

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Facilities

Georgetown University overlooks the Potomac River and Nation's Capital. While it is surrounded by political institutions, a high-tech economy, cultural venues, museums and performance centers, Georgetown University retains a small-town feel, creating a comfortable and friendly environment for campers. Camp takes place on the beautiful, 14-court (outdoor) Georgetown varsity tennis facility. Additional indoor courts are available in case of rain.

Georgetown University is committed to the care and protection of those under 18 years of age.  All University-sponsored and affiliated activities and programs, as well as those operated on campus by non-University organizations, must comply with the University’s Protection of Minors Policy.  For more information, go to www.protectionofminors.georgetown.edu.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:30am-9:00am Drop-off and Warm-up
  • 9:00am-11:30am Instruction and Drilling
  • 11:45am-12:45pm Lunch
  • 12:45pm-2:30pm Point Play
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm Pool time or optional tennis
  • Fridays Tournament Day

Meet Camp Coaches

Gordie Ernst
Camp Director

Gordie Ernst

Gordie Ernst is in his seventh year as the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at Georgetown University. He has accumulated a total of 75 win between the two programs and had 79 BIG EAST Academic All-Stars.

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In the past two seasons, the women's program has come into its own with a BIG EAST Tournament berth and a All-BIG EAST performer in Stephanie Wetmore. Last year, the Blue & Gray posted its best season under Ernst with a 13-10 overall record and a mark of 7-2 in conference play. The Hoyas placed sixth at the BIG EAST Tournament despite going into the championship as the eighth seed. GU moved into the final match after defeating fourth-seeded Louisville, 4-2, in the consolation bracket.

The year prior, he led the women's squad to an impressive late-season run as the team defeated Seton Hall, Villanova and Connecticut to narrowly miss a BIG EAST Tournament berth. The women also defeated Penn earlier in the year to get the program's first-ever victory over an Ivy League opponent.

On the men's side, the Hoyas boasted their sixth-consecutive BIG EAST Tournament berth last season. In his time on the Hilltop, the men have had significant victories over Boston College, St. John's, George Washington, Navy and James Madison.

Since 2002, Ernst has been the executive director of Vineyard Youth Tennis in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he coordinated all operational aspects of the newly-constructed four-court tennis facility for 400 junior tennis players ages 3-18. In 2004, Vineyard Youth Tennis was the recipient of the "United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Small Facility of the Year" award.

From 1998 to 2000, Ernst was the Head Men's Tennis Coach at the University of Pennsylvania where the team earned significant wins over Ivy League rivals Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. While in Philadelphia, Ernst coached the Quakers' No. 1 player, Fanda Stejskal, to the NCAA Tournament and helped the No. 2 player, Ryan Harwood, to "Regional Rookie of the Year" honors.

Ernst also instituted the "Friends of PENN Tennis", the program's fund-raising branch.

During the 1997-98 academic year, Ernst was the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at Northwestern University, helping the Wildcats to a ranking as high as 13 ranking in the national poll. NU also made an appearance in the Big Ten Conference Championship, losing to Illinois in the Big Ten Finals.

Ernst is a 1990 graduate of Brown University, where he was a two-sport standout for the tennis and hockey teams. Despite being a 10th round draft pick of the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League, Ernst chose to stay on the hardcourt and spent almost four years as an ATP Tennis Professional, where he competed in over 15 states and six countries.

In 2000, Ernst was inducted into the Cranston, Rhode Island Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.

Ernst is married to Lisa, his wife of 13 years and the couple has two daughters, Olivia (9) and Phoebe (7). They reside in Chevy Chase, Md.

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Total Enjoyment

During the time I was at  Nike camp, I enjoyed participating in the program. I thought the coaches were very cool and really wanted to help me with my game; from  strokes and volleys, to my serve. I enjoyed the fun games and match play I was able to do. It was exciting meeting new people and gaining great relationships. Most of all, I think the the coaches hosted the program very well because they found great ways to teach and help out each player, did challenging drills, and left awesome memories. I can't wait to come back next year.

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  • 5/5.
Loyal Campers!

This is an excellent camp and my kids' favorite camp every summer and this is probably our 5th year! We will keep coming back!

  • 5/5.
Leading By Example

It was great how the camp director Gordie was so involved and enthusiastic. He actually took time to give my son a mini private lesson and my son loved it. He set the tone for the whole camp and made it great!

  • 4/5.
Beyond Expectations

My daughter had little tennis experience, and she loved the camp. She had complained in other camps that the tennis instruction wasn't very good or intense, but she loved the fact that the Georgetown Nike camp was run by people who really know the game, made her really work, and improved her game significantly.

  • 5/5.
New Motivation!

My 8 year old son loved it and came home motivated to play! He loved the games and also the lunches.

  • 4/5.
Motivated Camper

Thank you! The camp was really wonderful. My son came back tired and happy and highly motivated for another academic year playing tennis. The coaching staff was fantastic with him. Now he's talking about doing well in school and with tennis so he can go to Georgetown one day. I only wish we could have afforded more than 2 weeks!

  • 5/5.
Will Return for 5th Year

Nike tennis camp is really cool. I love the tennis and activities. This was my 4th year attending. Thanks and I have alread brought two people with me to this camp. My friends said they would return next year.

  • 5/5.
Wish it was all summer long!

By far, the best camp experience my daughter has ever had. I will continue to sign her up (5 weeks) every summer, for the next 11 years! Gordie, Michael, Matthew and staff were fantastic, enthusiastic and improved my daughers game, but more importantly, made her feel special and elevated her love of the game. I wish this camp was offered all summer!!

  • 5/5.
Made so many friends!

It was so much fun!! Time just flew by!! I will definitely suggest it to friends and I will come again! I came to camp with a friend already, but I didn't really need to- I made a ton of new friends who love tennis! I am so into tennis now, i will practice as often as I can this year!

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