If children quit playing baseball, uneaten cracker jack would litter the streets and feral umpires would while away their time ejecting deer from forests. Introduce kids to some healthy competition with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a one-week athletic summer camp from Bradstreet Sports (a $169 value) in North Tampa. Choose from the following dates:
- June 13–17
- June 27–July 1
- August 1–5
From 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day, kid athletes play and bond in an atmosphere of sportsmanship and wholesome competition under the supervision of Bradstreet's practiced staff. Lighthearted baseball and softball sessions teach right-field-slumberers the secrets of a sport as exciting as Indiana Jones's tenure review, while golf gatherings prepare youngsters for tee-side wheeling and dealing. Release kindergarten-through-eighth-grade chicks to stretch their wings on the invigorating winds of soccer, martial arts, tennis, and more with skilled instructors who subtly introduce the virtues of sportsmanship and healthy living habits. Outdoor courts and fields along with an interior gym split students' time effectively and avoid overheating or overdosing on fresh air. Though a packed lunch is required Monday–Thursday, a Friday pizza party rewards athletic achievements and intensely focused carefreeness.
After a year in law school, Jason Bradstreet felt unsatisfied. A mission trip led him into a period of introspection that caused him to rediscover his passion for playing Division 1 tennis. Channeling this athletic experience into organizing classes that might help children to discover the glee of good-natured competition, Jason founded Bradstreet Camps.
Even as his staff of certified and licensed coaches mentors kids aged 3 and older in soccer, tennis, and martial arts, Jason aims to expand the world of athletes with a range of arts and humanities classes. Lithe dancers lead students in modern jazz and hip-hop dance, sharing facilities with performing- and visual-arts classes taught by actual private-school teachers and opera courses taught by actual phantoms. As pupils rush by clutching martial-arts trophies, instructors aim to imbue their charges with life skills and an appreciation for skills they might not have otherwise discovered.
Programs take place at a range of sites such as the Citrus Park Christian School, where the camp has access to the indoor facilities including classrooms, cafeteria, multipurpose room, outside field, and covered court that shelters children and instructors from the sun and keeps birds from discovering volleyball. Enrichment classes commence in the school's science lab, computer labs, and art studios, with performance classes held in the school's expansive sanctuary.