For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Kickball. Archery. A nice swim in the lake. As you get older, you sometimes leave the simple pleasures of summer camp behind. Fortunately, the counselors at Camp Our Way are here to make sure you remember. At this all-inclusive, 21+ adults-only sleep-away camp, campers relive the carefree summers of the youth with the perks of adulthood. That means party buses to and from camp, booze instead of bug juice, and deluxe cabins with many of the comforts of home.
Before you pack your rucksack, read on to learn more about this grown-up take on the kids' summer classic:
Start the day right: Daily breakfast buffets ditch the typical camp fare for scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and chilly mimosas. They also serve full-course lunches, s'more roasts, and plenty of other eats and drinks.
Stay active: Just like at kid-size summer camp, your days will be filled with activities; the schedule includes everything from slip 'n' slide parties and dodgeball to hiking and color wars.
Crafts: Want to learn a trade? Check out courses in painting, sculpting, or even organic soap making.
Bust a move at the campfire dance, aided by spirits at the open bar. Other alcohol-friendly activities include flip-cup contests and mixology lessons, where campers learn why a mixture of Coke, Hawaiian Punch, Mountain Dew, and rootbeer doesn't actually taste good.
Through its camps, clinics, and year-round programs, Ball Hard gives a boost to youth, junior high, and high school hoopsters on their quest to becoming college basketball players. Since its founding, Ball Hard and its team of professional trainers have produced more than 60 Division I scholarship recipients—none of whom were red-shirted, meaning they entered college ready to contribute on the court and did not spend an extra year growing in a giant flower pot. During clinics, many coaches draw from experience coaching NBA, WNBA, and D1 athletes, but Ball Hard doesn’t limit its wisdom to just the hardwood. Away from drills, practices, and games, the company emphasizes academic success and personal advancement, and even offers programs and GPA monitoring to ensure its players become both well-rounded athletes and well-rounded members of society.
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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
The San Antonio Rebels is a small volleyball club that focuses on the individual athlete and their goals to play at the next level.
The ATHLETE must have the desire to commit to the idea of playing volleyball at the collegiate level.
We will do our very best to get them there!
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Bring your volleyball skills and dreams and we can polish both!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We want to support the dreams of the volleyball athlete and help them get into college.
There is always an opportunity out there, we just need to find it!
What do you love most about your job?
Volleyball is life!
Jermaine "JC" Collier has faced a lot of opponents over the years. The founder, head trainer, and overall fitness guru at JC Ultimate Training has competed in basketball, football, and boxing. Today though, he hopes to take down a more serious foe—obesity in children and adults. Mr. Collier works towards this goal through year-round classes in sports conditioning and cardio boxing. He also trains clients during one-on-one sessions, and he even travels to offices, churches, and other above-water locations to lead onsite fitness sessions.
Collier believes fitness isn't all burning calories and building muscle; it has the potential to bring people together. To that end, JC Ultimate Training hosts a quarterly "Unity in the Community" event, which consists of sports tournaments and leagues.