Wildcat Athletic Summer Camps Attract 519 Kids Generate 44K Profit For WHS

Wildcat Athletic Summer Camps Attract 519 Kids Generate 44K Profit For WHS

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Now in its 11th year, the school district’s Wildcat Athletic Summer Camps continue to be a huge hit with Wilmington families.“This summer, 519 children participated in the camps, bringing in over $85,000 in revenue and more than $44,000 in profit, which will go toward the Athletic Department,” according to Assistant Superintendent Paul Ruggiero. The program ran nine camps — Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Field Hockey, Football, Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Track and “All Sports.” While Boys Lacrosse and Girls Lacrosse camps were scheduled, low enrollment forced their cancellations.“[Athletic Director] Ed Harrison, [former Athletic Director] Tim Alberts and all the coaches and assistants did a great job of keeping the kids engaged and having fun,” noted Ruggerio. “As we look to the future, we will continue to make some modifications and improvements to the camps.”Specifically, Ruggerio noted he hopes the camps return to the High School next summer, after the camps were held at the Middle School for the past couple of years.“It’s great that these are so well-attended, popular, and turn a nice profit for the athletic department so we can provide more services to our students,” commented School Committee member David Ragsdale.In response to a question from Ragsdale about balancing the desire to turn a profit vs. the need to keep the camps affordable, Ruggerio explained that Wilmington families were getting a great deal.“We look at that [balance]. We charge $175 for one camp and $150 for a second camp. It’s extremely affordable. It’s 28-30 hours a week. It’s a pretty good deal… when you look at the hourly rate. And we haven’t gone up with the rate in a few years,” responded Ruggerio. “And if there’s a family with a hardship, we’ll obviously take care of them.”School Committee member Jay Samaha was impressed by the program’s steady increase in participants over the years.“The program’s first year had 313 participatns. This year’s program has 519,” agreed Ruggiero. “The number is up 18 kids from last year.”(NOTE: Cover photo from Wilmington Athletic Department’s Twitter account.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wildcat Summer Camps Have Best Year Yet, 500 Kids ParticipateIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wildcat Summer Camps Have Best Year Yet, Nearly 500 Kids ParticipatedIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wildcat Sports Camps Have Best Summer YetIn “Education”last_img

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