ELS University Prep and Nike Tennis Camp at The Lawrenceville School

ELS University Prep and Nike Tennis Camp at The Lawrenceville School
ELS University Prep and Nike Tennis Camp at The Lawrenceville School

This summer work on your tennis game, practice your English, tour prestigious East coast colleges all while attending the Nike Tennis and ELS University Prep Camp at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey

Campers aged 14-18 will participate in the ELS University prep language camp first, followed by one or two weeks of Nike Tennis camp on the Lawrenceville School campus.  The all inclusive program provides international teenagers with practical English skills combined with experiential  learning about the US University system through in-class subject matter as well as guided tours to area Universities such as Princeton and St. Joseph’s University. (You can learn more about this program by watching the video below.) When the ELS language program has concluded, students will transition into Nike tennis camp as they live, train and compete alongside other American players who share their same passion for tennis. Campers will get  the opportunity to hit thousands of balls, improve their technique through video tape analysis, plenty of  match play, and by being challenged by some of the best players in their peer group.  The combined  ELS and Nike Tennis Camp program begins on June 28th.

Weekends are spent taking in the superb cultural opportunities in the area, such as Six Flags Amusement Park,visiting New York City and the Statue of Liberty,visiting Philadelphia and the Liberty Bell as well as some river tubing down the Delaware!  

International campers seeking a SPORT only multi-week camp should combine individual sessions (which start on June 14th), with a weekend program to create the perfect multi-week camp program.  To view our individual camp sessions at Lawrenceville click here.

Highlights Include

  • Two or three-week University Prep language program offering 15 lessons per week followed by afternoon and evening activities.
  • Nike Tennis Camp sessions offer 5-6 hours of daily tennis instruction with low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision. (Sessions run Sunday through Friday)
  • Weekend program offers excursions to nearby amusement parks, river tubing down the Delaware River, visiting Philadelphia, as well as a special trip to NYC.
  • Immersion experience where campers will meet new American friends!
  • Transportation to all activities and airport transfers
  • Every camper receives a Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt
  • University tours to Princeton University, St Joseph's University as well as other area universities

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Jim Poling

Jim Poling

Jim Poling, owner of the Lawrenceville Tennis Camp, brings with him a 32-year tennis background and 25 years of camp experience. Coach Poling is head men's coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His Lawrenceville camp is in its 25th successful year.

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Jim Poling will enter his tenth season at the helm of the Army men's tennis program this year. Poling, twice named the Patriot League "Coach of the Year," led the team to a 5-1 record in conference play in spring of 2011 and a second place finish in the League Championships.

In nine years at the Academy, Poling has mentored three Patriot League "Players of the Year" (Arnie Albornoz - 2003, John Sabia - 2004, Carl Fisher - 2006), two "Rookie of the Year" honorees (Donald Van Velzer - 2009, Gary Kushnirovic - 2010) and has taken the Black Knights to the conference championship match in all eight seasons. Army has now appeared in the Patriot League championship match 16 times in the last 17 seasons.

The last four seasons, Army dropped the final match of the championships to service academy rival Navy. In 2006, the Black Knights won the Championship defeating American 4-2 in the finals. During the 2005 season, the Black, Gold and Gray registered an Academy-best 21-5 mark. In 2004, Army tallied a 19-8 dual match record, including a 5-1 mark in conference play. The Black Knights were 15-5 in 2003, Poling's first season at the helm.

Poling arrived at the Academy with 16 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate level, serving highly successful terms at Rollins (1993-2002), the University of Tulsa (1985-88), the University of South Alabama (1980-83) and Mississippi State University (1979-80).
The Winter Park, Fla., native continued a legacy of tennis excellence at Rollins, guiding the Tars to the NCAA Tournament during each of his nine years at the helm. After directing Rollins to a 25-3 record and a Division II national championship in 2001, Poling was named Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II National "Coach of the Year" in the spring of 2002. Poling led the defending national champion Tars to a 21-4 mark and a top four national ranking throughout the entire regular season. He also garnered Sunshine State Conference "Coach of the Year" honors for the second straight season (and third time in nine years), and was named ITA South Region "Coach of the Year" for the second time in six years.

Poling led the Tars to a trio of top-three finishes in the NCAA Tournament during his first three years at Rollins. His Tars club posted a 21-7 dual-match record in 1996 and reached the finals of the NCAA's. For his efforts, he was named the ITA South Region "Coach of the Year" for the first time. Poling guided the Tars to a pair of third-place NCAA finishes the previous two seasons. The veteran mentor continued to build on his list of impressive accomplishments at Rollins. In addition to leading the Tars to the Division II national title in 2001, Poling presided over the National Rolex Doubles Champions, four All-Americans, the No. 3 doubles team in the nation, the top-ranked player in the nation, the conference player of the year and a pair of Sunshine State Conference team championships during that time. In all, three of his teams captured Sunshine State Conference crowns during his tenure at Rollins as he authored an impressive 147-79 (.650) dual-match record.

A 1970 graduate of Clemson University, Poling lettered three times on the Tigers' tennis squad. He was selected the team's most valuable player as a junior and helped Clemson to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship the following year. He went on to earn a master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of South Alabama in 1982. Following his graduation from Clemson, Poling served two years in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Vietnam.
He began his collegiate coaching career with a one-year stint as men's head coach at Mississippi State, before moving to guide both the men's and women's tennis programs at South Alabama in 1980. Poling led the Jaguar men to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference titles and was twice named the league's coach of the year. During his third season at South Alabama, the Jaguars captured the National Independent Tournament and Poling was named the NIT "Coach of the Year." He spent three years running both men's and women's tennis programs at Tulsa, earning Missouri Valley "Coach of the Year" honors in 1987, before moving on to Rollins in September of 1993.
Poling is married to Marianne Ingard Poling, a member of a national champion tennis team during her undergraduate days at Stanford University. He has three children, Matthew, 27, Lilian, 13, and Karl, 11.

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Randy Rowley

Randy Rowley

Randy Rowley enters his fourth season at West Point as an assistant coach. Prior to coming to the academy he spent the previous year coaching and traveling with nationally ranked junior players in the United States and Europe.

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Before going back to coaching and traveling with juniors, Rowley spent seven years coaching at the University of Southern Mississippi, turning a 3-21 program into a team that became the winningest in school history. Rowley's team achieved USM's first national team ranking, recorded the most wins in a single season and finishing third in the Conference USA Tennis Championships.

While coaching the Golden Eagles, Rowley split his time traveling and coaching on the WTA tour and ITF women's tour, spending two months helping conduct a preseason training camp and coaching at the 2007 Australian Open Grand Slam, the 2007 Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts, the 2007 Pacific Life Open, and the 2007 United States Open Grand Slam.

Rowley went to Southern Miss after spending three seasons as the assistant men's tennis coach at Texas Tech University. During that time, he twice served as the NCAA's representative for the Tennis Championships. The Red Raiders were ranked nationally all three seasons during Rowley's tenure.

Prior to his three-year stint at Texas Tech, Rowley was the head men's tennis coach at University of Louisiana-Monroe from 1995-2000. He changed titles in 1999, serving as director of tennis, coaching both men's and women's programs during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He compiled a 52-36 overall record at ULM, including a 14-2 Southland Conference record. He led the Indians to two Southland Conference titles, three years in the national rankings, and a berth in the NCAA Tournament once, marking the first time in 25 years ULM reached the national tournament. Rowley also served as an NCAA representative at the NCAA national tournament.
He spent two years as head women's coach and assistant men's coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette from 1994-95. The women's program reached a national ranking of No. 36 during his tenure at ULL.

Rowley served as an assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis program at the University of Kansas during the 1986 and 1987 seasons. The Jayhawks reached as high as No. 21 in the national rankings, winning the Big Eight Conference Championship and earning an NCAA appearance.
After serving as a student assistant coach with the women's tennis program at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., from 1979-84, he was director of tennis at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., from 1984-86. During his tenure at Southwestern, he helped lead the program to four KCAC team championships and three NAIA District 10 runner-up finishes.

During his coaching career, Rowley has also spent nine years as head coach of Tennis: Europe, and five years as head coach for the national team of Tennis: Europe. He has spent 14 years coaching ranked juniors on the ITF junior circuits in America and Europe. He has coached players on the ATP, WTA and ITF circuits. He served as the president of the junior program on the board of officers for the Dallas Tennis Association in 1992 and spent five years as the DTA representative at the USTA Area Training Center. Coach Rowley serves as a director at the NIKE / Lawrenceville, NJ, Army Tennis Camps, College Exposure Tennis Academy and directs a fundraising camp at his alma mater, Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas

Camp Details


Campers can add up to three weeks of language classes prior to their Nike tennis program to create a unique 3-4-or 5 week camp experience.  ELS language sessions start on June 28 and run for three consecutive weeks through July 18th. The language program will be directed and supervised by ELS directly on the Lawrenceville campus. The Nike Tennis Camp will be directed by Jim Poling and his staff. ELS and Nike Camp staff will oversee the transition from the ELS University Prep camp to the Nike Tennis camp.  This program is designed for kids aged 14-18 of all abilities. On the weekend, all campers will participate in the ELS weekend programs. Click here to see an overview of the program.

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Language weeks: Campers arrive on Sunday June 28th and are met at the airport by ELS camp personnel. June 29 is the first day of classes.  

  • Classes are held in the morning Monday through Friday from 8:30am -12:30pm.  Classrooms are a short walk from the dorms. In the afternoons campers will participate in planned activities which include shopping, visiting the Jersey Shore, a trip to Philadephia and NYC as well as local college visits. Click here to see a weekly schedule.  Weekend programs offer excursions to nearby amusement and water parks and visits to NYC, The Statue of Liberty and Philadephia. 
  • Language Course Curriculum: Students in this program will improve all core English skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. Classes are communicative in nature and offer planty of opportunities for speaking practice. Class topics include listening comprehension, note-taking for university lectures, oral presentation skills and TOEFL/SAT prep.  Students receive 15 weekly morning lessons followed by 5 weekly expansion activities.  Expansion activities include American Idiomas, Life as an American Teenager, Photography and American Films.

Nike Tennis Weeks: Tennis camp weeks begin with Sunday check-in at 2:00 pm.  The first  Nike Tennis session will begin at 4pm on Sunday.

  • Each session will include 25-30 hours of Nike Tennis instruction and tournament play and conclude with a graduation ceremony on the last day (Friday) at 3pm.  Campers choosing to stay for multiple sessions will participate in the ELS weekend excursion programs and be supervised by ELS University Prep staff.  For a detailed schedule, see below.
  • Dartfish video analysis will be used during the camp to analyze and improve camper strokes.  See your strokes compared to a top playing professional!  Your Dartfish Mediabook will be posted to a private player locker on Dartfish.tv and reviewed with you by the staff at camp (click here for an example).  You will receive a printout showing key positions with corrective comments. 


  • All international campers will be met at Philadephia or Newark International Airport by camp staff, and will be escorted to their departing flight at the conclusion of their session. This is included in tuition.
  • Early arrivals & late departures: There is a $125 fee per day to accommodate campers arriving early or staying beyond the final day of their registered session. This fee includes housing and meals. Please note that our camp staff cannot receive early campers prior to Sunday, June 14 (the first day of Session I), nor may campers stay past Friday, July 31st. 
  • For family or friends wishing to stay nearby, we recommend the Hyatt Place Princeton. To make a reservation, call 609-720-0200 or click here.

Other Details

  • Evening and Weekend Activities: Pre-organized evening/weekend activities will be offered to both ELS and Nike Tennis campers.  All off-campus field trips are supervised. 
  • All-inclusive tuition: Covers language instruction, sport instruction, housing, meals, roundtrip airport transfers, weekend stayover(s), and weekend activities and supplemntal health insurance. 
  • Registration Packet: A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health & release forms, emergency contact info, and a packing list will be emailed to all registered campers in May of 2015. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and will be collected on the first day of camp. International campers must have health insurance valid in the US in order to attend Nike camps. 


Located four miles south of Princeton, New Jersey and about an hour from New York City and Philadelphia, The Lawrenceville School is a prestigious college preparatory school with outstanding facilities. In addition to 12 tennis courts and the Lavino Field House’s indoor tennis facilities (3 courts), the school has baseball and soccer fields and a six-lane swimming pool.

ELS language instruction will be held onsite at The Lawrenceville School by ELS staff.

Lawrenceville School is not involved in the ownership or management of the Nike Tennis Camp. 

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
  • 9:30pm Campers to rooms
  • 10:15pm Lights out!

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
Love From A Repeat Camper

Loved the camp – third year in a row.

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  • 4/5.
Best Time Ever!

Two of my kids attended and they said it was the best year of their life. Thanks for the great experience. It would be really helpful to know that there is no AC in the dorms. But other than this, I have no complaints – thanks for the great first time camping experience for my kids. They can’t wait to go back.

  • 4/5.
Can't Wait!

I had a lot of fun and cannot wait until next year.

  • 5/5.
Loved tournament training!

Tournament training was an awesome experience!!!!!

  • 5/5.
Sending our other child too next year!

My daughter enjoyed herself and we plan to send our son next year as well.

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.