Nike Girls Multi-Sport Camp with Game On! Sports 4 Girls - Chicago
Multi-sport Learning, Fun & GirlStrong Summers!
Girls K-8th, join us for weeks of empowering FUN & Sports at the Nike Girls Multi-Sport Camp with Game On! Sports 4 Girls in Chicago, IL. Girls of all skill levels will learn and play multiple sports daily in a confidence-building and FUN environment. Game On! may offer campers daily/weekly exposure to a wide range of sports including: lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, field hockey, flag football, pickleball, martial arts & more.
While sports and active play happen all day, we also work to impact each camper's growth on and off the field, integrating lessons focusing on self esteem, respect, nutrition, teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship, & more. Camp includes exposure to role models through highly-trained staff, motivational speakers and clinics. Since 2007, our mission has been to ensure every Game On! girl experiences growth as an athlete and a person, along with feeling empowered, confident, proud & "GirlStrong."
- NEW CAMP HOURS: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m
- After camp care
- Skill development ranging from fundamentals through advanced
- Age appropriate and safe camper to coach ratio
- Bus Service
- Nike Sports Camp T-shirt and prizes
- Highly trained staff of role models
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Founder and Co-Owner - Game on! Sports 4 Girls Barb Lazarus
Barb Lazarus is the founder and co-owner of Game On! Sports 4 Girls, the premier multi-sport program committed to the empowerment of girls. Since 2007, Barb and her Game On! team have dedicated themselves to developing programming that instills in every Game On! Girl a deep sense of what it means to feel confident, proud and "GirlStrong" both on the sports fields and off.View Barb's Bio ⟩
Barb has overseen Game On!'s expansion from a single summer camp in Lake Forest to locations in three states running summer camps, school year classes, day-off-school events, extensive free community-based clinics and Girl Scout events, and other creative projects. She has also taken great pride in funding camps for the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago and numerous scholarships over the years. Game On! is now poised for expansion nationwide.
A nationally recognized advocate for girls in sport, Barb was awarded the Toyota & espnW Everyday Hero Award in 2013, and on behalf of Game On! accepted the 2018 U.S. Olympic Committee's Rings of Gold Program Award. Most recently, in 2019, Barb was the recipient of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition (PCSFN) Community Leadership Award.
Barb graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1982) and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (1985) and served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1986 to 1990. In 1991, she accepted the newly created position of Press Secretary for the Department of Justice for the Northern District of Illinois and held that position until she opened what was to become a successful media relations business in 1994. She left the law and public relations to pursue her dream of passing on the gift of sports to young girls in 2006.
A proud wife and mom of two special boys, Barb is also known for her commitment to sports and fitness. In addition, she is an inductee into her high school's Athletic Wall of Fame, a respected motivational speaker, and has been featured by the media on numerous occasions throughout her career.
Co-Owner - Game on! Sports 4 Girls Sara Hokin Rubin
Sara joined the Game On! Team during the inaugural summer in 2007 as an assistant camp director and softball director. After her first summer, she was hooked and realized that empowering young girls through sports was her calling, her passion.View Sara's Bio ⟩
During her first summer, she remembers teaching a girl softball for the first time and within a week the camper asked coach Sara to continue to work with her and go a little late to lunch so she could get in that extra swing. This camper went on to play varsity softball in high school. Teaching sports is great, but being a role model for these girls is the best. Understanding the importance of a good coach and the impact one can have on the life of a young girl is amazing. Sara joined the team full-time after that summer as the Director of Operations. She continued to lead softball on the fields for the first four summers until opening camp in Chicago in 2011.
Although Sara is no longer the softball director, you won’t find her too far from the diamond. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Sara has also spent time coaching travel softball teams and leading coaches clinics throughout the north suburbs of Chicago.
Sara earned her degree in Sports Management and psychology while playing Division II softball at the University of Tampa. She was a three sport athlete in high school competing in volleyball, gymnastics and softball. She was a gold medalist for the USA Maccabi softball team in the International Maccabiah Games in Israel as well as the Maccabiah Pan American Games in Argentina.
She continues to stay active and plays on multiple softball and volleyball teams. She also loves to hike, rock climb, break a sweat during a HIIT session, and spend time with her friends and family. She is truly passionate about what Game On! stands for and loves to coach and work with the girls.
One of her goals is for all girls to leave camp knowing how to throw hard and strong like a Girl! So when someone says you throw like a girl, the response should be “You bet I do!…and proud of it!”
Director of Communications - Game On! Sports 4 Girls Jenny Beam Borkowski
Jenny joined the Game On! Team full-time in the fall of 2015 after having an incredible summer as the lacrosse director at our Chicago camp. In addition to her work spreading the Game On! message, Jenny also loves the opportunities to coach classes and events.View Jenny's Bio ⟩
Prior to Game On!, Jenny served as the Director of Girls Programming at Chicago Youth Lacrosse, where she was responsible for overseeing the girls teams as well as coaching the U9, U11, and high school teams. She’s been fortunate to gain extensive lacrosse coaching experience around the world – coaching a club team in Milan, Italy; a high school team in Langley, Virginia; and a college club team at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
She spent four years in Fargo working in the sports information office and taught middle school English in Baltimore, Maryland prior to coming to the Midwest. She has also coached youth swimming, soccer, and field hockey. She graduated from Penn State (Go Nittany Lions!) in 2006 with a degree in sports journalism and played three years on the varsity field hockey team.
In her free time, she loves to run, bike, and play soccer & lacrosse. She also loves to curl up with a good book (Harry Potter is a favorite) or to watch a movie (Star Wars!). She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, daughter (a future Game On! girl), and goofy cat.
My favorite quote: “Nothing should stand in the way of strong girls with bold dreams.” – Barack Obama
Director of Athletic Development Melanie Lozada
Mel joined the Game On! team full-time in 2022. In her role, she focuses on programming for summer camp, classes, and events.View Melanie's Bio ⟩
Prior to Game On!, Mel was an elementary school teacher. She also spent two years working with Playworks, which helps kids stay active through recess and PE classes.
Mel attended Gordon Tech High School in Chicago, where she played volleyball, basketball, softball, and ran cross country. She then went on to play basketball for Judson University. She has extensive experience working at summer camp, while also devoting many years to coaching both softball and basketball.
She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son.
Camp Operators Game On! Sports 4 Girls
Since 2007, we have dedicated ourselves to working specifically with girls grades Pre K – 8th to encourage a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle that includes sports and fitness. Through our unique summer camps and school-year events and programs, we have effectively empowered girls through sports by building their confidence and teaching each one skills and values crucial to their growth as an athlete AND a person.View Game On!'s Bio ⟩
We have worked hard, observing and listening to feedback every step of the way, to become the experts in the areas of communication and teaching methodology. The result is customized, fun programming that includes our signature incentive programs. We are so proud of our impact – exciting girls about staying fit and active on top of imparting core values and life skills that go beyond the playing field. This is our passion and our mission.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
8 active and fun-filled weeks to choose from.
Campers are permitted to attend one week. But we strongly recommend multiple weeks. Why? Because the more weeks a
camper attends the more vast the experience,
leading to our ability to not only foster your camper's progress as an athlete
(and you must know that ALL GIRLS ARE ATHLETES) but also to impart
those solid values and life skills. Make no mistake, with
each week you will
notice more and more growth, with no
two weeks being the same.
- Camp Dates:
- June 17-21, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- June 24-28, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- July 1-5, 2024 (No camp on July 4)
- July 8-12, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- July 15-19, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- July 22-26, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- July 29-August 2, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- August 5-9, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- June 17-21, 2024 (Mon-Fri)
- Age groups: (Age group descriptions listed below)
- Gender: Girls (Coach in training program is coed)
- Half-Day Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (K campers only)
- Full-Day Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Aftercare Option: 4:00-5:00 p.m. Aftercare is available at checkout for an additional fee
- Check-in/out location: Walt Disney Magnet School
- Meals: Campers must provide their own nut-free lunch and snacks.
*Check-in starts 15 minutes before camp start time
INSPIRING GIRLS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS GRADES K-4TH
Game On! has spent years devoted to inspiring GIRLS through its proven teaching methodology, fun programming and spirited traditions. Name a sport – we play it with the added benefit of playing multiple sports daily. We know that learning the right way and understanding the sport leads to increased confidence and the ability to enjoy.
- Ponytails (K-1st): “I CAN!” Gain confidence in the fundamental movements behind critical sports skills through creativity & fun.
- Bright Stars (2nd-4th): Where a summer of multi-sport fun intersects with growth & empowerment
INSPIRING GIRLS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS GRADES 5TH – 8TH
Sports Leadership Program: Promoting growth as a leader on and off the field
In addition to the multi-sport, impactful and fun programming we offer at all our Game On! summer camps, this experience is uniquely developed to integrate more in-depth sports learning and play, leadership training and team-building for 5th – 8th graders of ALL skill levels.
The Sports Leadership Program will focus on:
- Effective communication and finding strength in your voice
- Becoming a successful team builder - collaboration
- Decision making
- Creating and executing a strategy
- Setting team goals
- Conflict resolution
- Practical clinics
COACH IN TRAINING PROGRAM (9th-10th)
The Game On! Coach in Training Program welcomes students entering their freshman and sophomore years in high school who are looking for special training that prepares them for working with and impacting girls through sports. Participation in the program offers an advantage toward becoming a Game On! Coach or Sports Director prior to their senior year and not only promotes growth as a leader but assures a most active and fun summer.
SPORTS WE PLAY
Aside from our core sports which may include basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, flag football, field hockey, and lacrosse, we offer exposure to and the opportunity to learn in more sports and games than you can imagine.*
*Please note: Core sports will vary depending on location and staffing
NEW FOR 2024! BUS SERVICE
We will have bus stops conveniently located for camper drop-off and pickup. Please note that there will be a minimum number of campers needed to ride each bus for the route to run. In addition, there will be a weekly charge for bus service.
If the requisite number of campers is met, the bus will pick up and drop off from 1-3 centralized stops. A coach will ride to and from camp on the bus. Updated bus information to follow as summer approaches.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Please apply sunblock before leaving home & pack the following in your camper’s backpack. Please remember to label everything!
- Hand sanitizer
- Filled water bottle
- Change of clothes (including underwear & socks)
- Lunch (nut-free)
- Snacks (nut-free)
- For longer hair: headband or hair tie
- Appropriate layers for weather
- Hat (optional)
- Mask (optional)
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
Daily Instruction: Dynamic and insightful instruction from the Game On! Sports 4 Girls staff
Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike KIDS Camps t-shirt and prizes
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
Ratio: Age-appropriate and safe camper-to-coach ratio
Groupings: Campers are grouped by grade
Equipment: Game On! provides all sports equipment. Mouthguards are optional. Campers also can feel free to bring their racquets, gloves or sticks, but please make sure they are labeled. Game On! and US Sports Camps take no responsibility for personal belongings
Facility: Walt Disney Magnet School
If you have a group of 4 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. If you have a group of 8 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. please fill out the Group Discount form with the name of your group and the names of each camper enrolling in the camp and we will create a unique discount code for your group.*
*Please note: group discounts cannot be combined with multi-week or other discounts
8-week day camp registrations will receive a discount of $120 off per week.
4-week plus day camp registrations will receive a discount of $60 per week (offer ends on March 1, 2024)
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 and we will help you get registered with the discount.
ABOUT GAME ON! SPORTS 4 GIRLS
Since 2007, we have dedicated ourselves to working specifically with girls grades Pre K – 8th to encourage a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle that includes sports and fitness. Through our unique summer camps and school-year events and programs, we have effectively empowered girls through sports by building their confidence and teaching each one skills and values crucial to their growth as an athlete AND a person. We have worked hard, observing and listening to feedback every step of the way, to become the experts in the areas of communication and teaching methodology. The result is customized, fun programming that includes our signature incentive programs. We are so proud of our impact – exciting girls about staying fit and active on top of imparting core values and life skills that go beyond the playing field. This is our passion and our mission. For more info, please visit the Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls website.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE KIDS CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our KIDS camps please see our FAQ page.
***Camps are open to any and all entrants. Enrollment in our camps is limited only by age, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp.
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Daily Sample Schedule
- 9:00 a.m. Spirited Welcome! All camp games
- 9:20-10:10 a.m. Sport #1
- 10 – 10:25 a.m. Snack and Reapply Sunscreen
- 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Sport #2
- 11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sport #3
- 12:20 – 12:50 p.m. Refuel with Lunch
- 12:50 – 1:20 p.m. Team Time/Healthier4Me
- 1:25 – 2:15 p.m. Sport #4
- 2:25 – 2:55 p.m. Optional Activity #1 (menu changes daily)
- 3:00 – 3:30pm Optional Activity #2 (menu changes daily)
- 3:35 – 4:00pm Minute to Win It/Psych Up for Tomorrow/Pack Up & Pick Up
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.