Columbia Heights Public Schools Expands Youth Sports Offerings
Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) is excited to expand its summer youth sports offerings for students in grades 4-12. Each summer, students are invited to participate in a wide range of activities led by our District coaches and staff.
K-12 Activities Manager Jake Henderson and Community Education Coordinator Jodi Gadient collaborated on programming to ensure students have opportunities to develop their athletic skills and improve their fitness. Camps are offered for a fee with scholarships available.
“I’m excited for all of our offerings this summer,” said Henderson. “There will be many opportunities to build sport specific skills, get stronger and stay connected this summer.”
A new addition to this year’s sport camps is the “Run Club.” Other camps include swim & dive, soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, dance and lacrosse. Strength training is also offered to students in grades 7-12 at no cost through the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) grant.
A new offering for younger students is the FREE “Summer Sampler” -- also available through the 21CCLC program.
“The ENCORE Summer Sampler will give students entering grades 4-6 for the 2021-2022 school year an opportunity to sample sports offered at the secondary level here in CHPS,” said Gadient. “Participants will spend four days each sampling dance, soccer, football, synchronized swimming, volleyball, basketball, track & field, and swim & dive.”
Henderson described the Sampler as a great opportunity for students to learn fundamentals, skills, and play fun games with high school coaches and student athletes.
The District will continue to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota State High School League.