The sights and sounds of sets, spikes, and serves fill the XFINITY Center, the competitive home of the University of Maryland Terrapins volleyball team. During each summer's Maryland Volleyball Camps, the Terps of tomorrow learn new skills on its competition-tested court. Read on to learn more about the camps and their instructors.
Skill Levels: Maryland Volleyball Camp's numerous sessions welcome players of all skill levels, from beginners to nationally recognized recruits. In addition to individual skills camps, the university also offers workshops for full high school teams, as well as positional camps designed for high-level hitters, setters, and liberos.
Coaches: Camps are led by national-championship-winning Terps coach Steve Aird, along with fellow college coaches and players from schools in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III.
Facility: The Terps' home since 2002, the XFINITY Center hosts the university's basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams. In recent years, the volleyball team has toppled preexisting attendance records, including a memorable tilt against Coach Aird's old team (the Penn State Nittany Lions) that saw more than 4,500 spectators in attendance.
From a poultry farm with a few spaces for camping to a full-fledged RV campground, Cherry Hill Park has evolved since the 1920s while staying true to its purpose: to provide an affordable home-away-from-home near the nation's capitol. The family-friendly park, helmed by the Gurevichs, hosts more than just space for 400 RVs and tents. It's equipped with such amenities as a large laundry room, restrooms with showers, and electrical, sewer, and water hookups, unlike the campground down the street, Cleetus's Rinky-Dink Muddin' Hole. And for those without an RV, the grounds are home to rental cabins, cottages, and log cabins outfitted with full kitchens, TVs, and beds.
But its most popular amenity is its proximity to Washington, DC, attractions, including the Washington Monument, the Vietnam Memorial, the Smithsonian, and the National Gallery of Art, which are accessible via nearby public transportation and sightseeing tour buses.
The history of heavier-than-air flight goes back more than 100 years. So does the history of the College Park Airport. In fact, the hangar's story is intertwined with the Wright brothers'—Wilbur Wright once gave flight lessons to military pilots at the airport.
Today, the airport—located next to the world's oldest continuously-operating airport—is home to a Smithsonian-affiliated aviation museum with 1.5 stories of exhibit space. Hands-on interactive exhibits offer engaging entertainment for all ages. The Imagination Plane allows museum-goers to use their imagination to travel around the world, while the latest exhibit teaches about the Ercoupe—the Maryland-manufactured plane that "drives like a car". Gravity-defiers can visit a reproduction of the Wrights' 1910 Model B, as well as a prototypical helicopter from 1924 and a flock of the same geese used in theoretical bird-drawn sleighs.
The graceful ease with which a good bartender mixes drinks masks the difficulty of the job, one that requires knowledge and dexterity—not to mention charisma. The seasoned barkeeps at Bartender of America, a TIPS-certified school, know what it takes to be a good bartender and lead their students through deliberate exercises inside a fully simulated tavern environment. Amid ambient sounds and music, novice bartenders dole out maraschino cherries and shake martinis while refining their conversational skills and learning how to identify underage kids by their mustaches. Fully committed students can opt for the entire Bar 101 curriculum, attaining a bartending license and valuable tricks for managing their resume and acing job interviews, while abbreviated classes offer insight into the fundamentals of the trade.
"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they pick up a ball, step up to the line, and prepare to have a great time. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946, however, that the company made a splash in bowling, introducing the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. AMF centers offer a modern approach to traditional bowling—with pro-quality lanes, innovative scoring systems, all-star menus, and the ability to share laneside experiences on social media. When cravings strike, the game still goes on thanks to AMF’s laneside food and beverage service.
Having led the Maryland Terrapins to two NCAA National Titles and four consecutive ACC and BIG TEN championships, it's safe to say: coach Sasho Cirovski knows the game of soccer. During summer camps, the two-time ACC Coach of the Year teams up with other top-level coaches and elite collegiate players to school the game's next generation of stars.
Coach Cirovski's approach at these camps is simple: kids learn the most when they're having fun. That's why each session features a creative yet motivated agenda packed with games, tournaments, and small-group exercises, helping campers become more well-rounded players. Campers are also grouped by age and ability, ensuring every kid has the opportunity to learn at his own pace.