Sports instill children with skills that extend beyond the field and into the realm of real life, such as agility, confidence, and the ability to dribble cantaloupes through crowded grocery stores. Reap the fruits of athleticism with today's Groupon: for $75, you get enrollment in a weeklong sports day camp at Diamond Dreams Sports Academy in Coralville (a $200 value).
Diamond Dreams Sports Academy's day camps drum up the athletic abilities of children aged 7–12 and encourage them to develop skills and camaraderie. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, aspiring all-stars run, pass, and swing their way through team sports, coached by top-level camp leaders whose encouragement extends beyond the screech of a pet goose’s neck whistle. Young athletes take to the diamond for baseball and softball, while feet meet rubber during kickball and pigskin passers summon sweat and confidence during football. Camp-goers learn the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, gaining a healthy and positive attitude toward teammates, opponents, and directors of their impending shoe endorsements. Ping-pong games and arts and crafts round out the curriculum of activities, and DD Sports Olympics provide a celebratory culmination of the lessons and skills amassed during the eventful week.
Diamond Dreams Sports Academy's philosophy promotes habit-building repetition and positive competition. Coaches trained in biomechanics and kinesiology combine athletic science with compassion and respect, resulting in student athletes with the ability to simultaneously smash a fastball and empathize with its pain.