Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award–winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Antonio Daniels studied elementary education at Bowling Green State University. But rather than making a career of reading Newbery Award–winning books or conducting science experiments over bunsen burners, he entered the 1997 NBA Draft and was chosen as the fourth overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, once he recognized the hollowness of a baller's lifestyle––whose only rewards were a 1999 NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs and the perk of wearing shorts to work––Antonio atoned by establishing his annual youth summer basketball camp.
For all five days of the camp, Antonio prowls the sidelines, giving kids pointers and boosting their confidence in the game he has now played professionally for 13 years. Coaches from the middle-school through college ranks join him in running the aspiring dunk machines through drills, skill training, and competitive games. At the end of the camp, children will not only have sharpened their hooping tool set, but they will also leave with two of the best souvenirs Antonio can offer other than plaster casts of his hands and feet: a T-shirt and an autographed photo.
Far from the typical movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse subverts the industry standard by offering locally brewed beverages, a rotating snack menu, and an advertisement-free experience. Theater-goers can sip on wine and themed specialty cocktails while enjoying the custom shows that run before the feature in place of ads. Alamo Drafthouse projects first-run blockbusters and cult classics from crisp 35mm or digital film onto the silver screen, as surround sound submerges audiences in the cinematic experience. The theater's enormous shepherd's crook enforces a strict no-talking, no-texting policy, with the notable exception of fan-centric Quote-Along nights.
The National Sporting Clays Association serves as the governing body for sporting clays in the United States and ranks among the largest sporting-clays associations in the world, claiming more than 22,000 total members in every state, 10 foreign countries, and on two dwarf planets. The NSCA shares its headquarters at the National Shooting Complex with the National Skeet Shooting Association on 671 acres of San Antonio countryside. This expansive venue encompasses facilities such as 45 skeet fields, 47 trap fields, and five sporting-clays courses where instructors lead classes for all levels of shooters and aspiring instructors. Additionally, as the host of many high-profile shooting events such as the World Skeet Championships, the National Shooting Complex welcomes fans with a 1,000-seat stadium and 180 RV sites with electric and water hookups.
A USPTA Professional 1 Pro, Dave Watts imparts hard-won tennis knowledge to players in private, personalized lessons. The seasoned pro coaches clients of all abilities, covering everything from the serve to the baseline game to attacking the net.
Nestled amid limestone cliffs and hiking trails, Camp Eagle hosts life-changing outings that fuse outdoor activities with Christian messages that help parents navigate tough issues. The camp hosts a wide range of activities on its 1,400 acres, from small-group Eagle Quest backpacking trips to group retreats on the Nueces River and extreme-adventure events. Campers can take quiet hikes through the woods, sip fresh brews in the lodge-style coffee shop, try their hand at mountain boarding, or fly off The Blob—an enormous inflatable pillow that catapults jumpers into the river. Events hosted on the grounds feature leaders and sessions who inspire campers to lead Christlike lives, and the camp itself is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization. After days spent bonding over air hockey in the game room or re-enacting The Birds while shooting clay pigeons, visitors return to hotel or lodge-style accommodations.