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.

The all inclusive program provides international teenagers with practical English skills combined with experiential learning about the U.S. University system through in-class subject matter as well as guided tours to area Universities such as Princeton and St. Joseph’s University.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. If you're looking for just Tennis, without ELS, we have that too! Check out the details section below. 

Highlights Include

  • Ages 14-17; Boys and Girls welcome
  • Campers come from around the world! USA, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and more!
  • Excellent coaching staff and professional ELS certified teachers
  • ELS Classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Evaluations upon arrival.
  • Fun evening camp activities with American campers
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • University tours to Princeton University, St Joseph's University as well as other area universities
  • Official Nike Tennis Camp T-shirt

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

All Inclusive Tuition

The prices listed below include all Nike Tennis Training, ELS English Language instruction and materials, on-campus housing, 3 meals a day, round trip airport transfers, weekend stayover(s), and predetermined activities.

Nike Tennis Camp Philosophy

Play the sport you love and get better this summer with our excellent Nike Tennis Camp staff of collegiate athletes and veteran coaches. On the first day campers are evaluated on the courts and placed into smaller groups based on their age and ability. Train for 15 hours/week. All skill levels welcome. 6:1 athlete, coach ratio. Training includes everything from fundamental skill enhancement through drills, scrimmages, and full court play, as well as court visualization and team communication training.  

ELS Language Classes

All-inclusive programs for students ages 14 to 17 who want to improve their English language skills and get an introduction to the U.S. university system in a camp-style program. The curriculum is General English, with a focus on practical English skills, including: Listening comprehension, note-taking for university lectures, oral presentation skills, and TOEFL®/SAT Prep class

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Lengths of Programs

  • 2 week 2016 Nike Tennis Camp (Sport Only - register online here)

    • June 19 – July 1

    • June 26 – July 8

    • July 10 – July 22

    • July 17 – July 29

  • 3 week Nike Tennis Camp (Sport Only - register online here)

    • ​​June 19 – July 8

    • June 26 – July 15

    • July 3 –July 22

    • July 10 – July 29

  • 4 week program: 1 week Nike Tennis Camp + 3 weeks of ELS University Prep (Sign up with PDF application or online using links below)

    • June 19 – July 16

    • July 10 – August 5

  • 5 week program: 3 weeks of ELS University Prep + 2 week Nike Tennis (Sign up with PDF application or online using links below)

    • ​June 26 – July 29

  • 5 week program: 2 week Nike Tennis + 3 weeks of ELS University Prep (Sign up with PDF application or online using links below)

    • ​July 3 – August 5

Registering Online or Submit a PDF Application

Use the links below to choose the session you'd like to attend, or download an application here. Email it to international@ussportscamps.com.

Accommodation & Roommates

Typical College Dorm Room. 2 campers to 1 room. Air conditioning, shared bathroom. American roommate if requested.

Linens and Laundry

Bed sheets, pillow, and towel provided. Onsite laundry facilities. $2.50/per wash and dry.  


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included everyday expect check-in and check-out days. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated if alerted before camp.

Weekday Activities

Supervised activities include on-campus games and team building exercises as well as late afternoon and evening excursions to some of the area’s premier shopping and tourist attractions, combined with educational field trips/college visits.

Weekends & Trips

The Lawrenceville program is located between New York City and Philadelphia, and students have virtually unlimited cultural, historic and entertainment destinations to explore. The 2016 full calendar is provided.

Airport Transfers

Round-trip airport transfers provided from Philadelphia International airport. Provide flight itinerary when registering or at least 3 weeks prior to camp start date. 

Unaccompanied Minor Services

Nike Sports Camps will provide a greeter at the airport if your campers is flying to camp with an unaccompanied minor plane ticket. Typically the airlines require the greeter's details such as name, driver's license number, phone number, and address. Nike Sports Camps will not have this information until the week before your child arrives at camp. Please email international@ussportscamps.com to collect all information one week before your child comes to camp to avoid any hassle or extra wait time fees at the airline. 

Medical Insurance

For an additional $60, add supplemental health coverage. On-site school nursed and trainers available for on-site injuries. You must be medically insured while at camp. If your health insurance will not cover you while in America, you must find alternative coverage whether that is the one US Sports Camps provides or otherwise.  

Wi-Fi & Communication

Wi-Fi access in common areas and dorm rooms available to campers. Camp office provides computer access for Skype and Email.

Spending Money

Suggested $100/week for spending money.

Prizes & Gear!

Nike Sports Camp t-shirt provided! ELS tee-shirt/USB and sports bag.

After Registering

A detailed camper welcome packet containing health & release forms, emergency contact info, and a packing list will be emailed to all registered campers in Spring 2016. Our health and release forms 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 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.

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

Age Group: 14 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
This is a three week program. 2 weeks of ELS University Prep Camp followed by one session of Nike Tennis Camp.
Three Week Sport + Language Program $4,830.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Age Group: 14 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
This is a four week program. 3 weeks of ELS University Prep Camp followed by one session of Nike Tennis Camp.
Four Week Sport + Language Program $6,305.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Age Group: 14 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
This is a five week program. 3 weeks of ELS University Prep Camp followed by two sessions of Nike Tennis Camp.
Five Week Sport + Language Program $7,455.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
This is a two week sport + language program. Includes weekend stayover, activities, and airport transfers.
2 Week Sport + Language $3,530.00
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.