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FMU Activities Camp

Francis Marion University will hold its annual FMU Activities Camp 2012, June 4-29. The camp for boys and girls, ages 5-12, is divided into four sessions and runs weekdays from 8 a.m. until noon.

Each of the five-day sessions, June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, and June 25-29, is $70 per camper. For those who participated in last year’s camp, the five-day sessions are reduced to $60 each.

Camp activities will include kickball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and swimming. Instruction in the various sports will be by Francis Marion University athletic coaches. Activities will vary from week to week, so as to introduce many different sports.

Campers will be divided into groups by ages. The mission of the camp is to promote healthy and fun activities for children.

Each pre-registered camper will receive an Activities Camp T-shirt.

Enrollment is limited. For more information, contact camp director Mark Bluman at 843-661-1239.

FMU Baseball Camps

Francis Marion University has announced two sessions of its Baseball Camp 2012, an opportunity for young athletes to develop and polish their diamond skills.

The annual camp, for children ages 7-12, will be held June 18-22 and July 16-20 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Conducted by Francis Marion head baseball coach Art Inabinet and members of the Patriot baseball team, the camps will stress learning basic game strategy and making the most of individual skills.

Inabinet recently completed his 12th year at the helm of the FMU baseball program, and has nearly 500 career coaching victories. He has guided the Patriots to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Tournament title, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, and the 2006 NCAA Division II College World Series, while the program has consistently been ranked in the national Top 30 poll.

Applications for the camps are now being accepted. The camps will cost $70 per session, if paid in advance, or $80 on the first day of camp. Enrollment is limited. Each camper will receive a T-shirt.

For complete details, contact the FMU Athletics Office at 843-661-1240.

FMU Men’s Basketball Camps

The Francis Marion University men’s basketball program will sponsor several summer camps starting in the month of June.                                                                                                      

Three sessions of the “Four Great Days of Summer” Basketball Camp will be held June 18-21, June 26-29, and July 23-26 for boys in grades two through 10. The 2012 Pee Dee Team Basketball Camp and Shootout will take place June 14-16, and a Summer Elite Camp will be offered July 27-28.

The four-day Individual Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost of the camp is $150 for one session. The fee does not include lunch. A special discounted price of $250 is available for campers who wish to attend two sessions, and $300 for those attending all three sessions.

The camp is designed to provide fundamental instruction in all phases of the game.

For the team camp, squads are guaranteed six games and will compete in a double-elimination tournament on the final day of the camp. The cost of the camp is $475 per team ($425 for a second team) and $80 per player for two nights lodging and six meals (for those interested).

The team camp will be divided into varsity and junior varsity competitions.

The Elite Camp is for Class of 2013 high school graduates. This event is a teaching camp that will offer participants exposure to the FMU coaching staff. The cost is $150 for overnight campers and $110 for commuters.

All campers will receive a T-shirt.

FMU head coach Gary Edwards will direct the camps. He recently completed his sixth season at Francis Marion, a season that saw the Patriots post a fourth consecutive winning record. He has coached at both the NCAA Division I and II levels and has recorded 476 career wins in 28 seasons.

For more information, contact the FMU men’s basketball office at 843-661-1247 or 843-661-4626.

FMU Women’s Basketball Camps

The Francis Marion University women’s basketball program has set dates for its annual Team Camp and Individual Camp for the 2012 summer.  A two-day Team Camp will be held on June 12-13, while the four-day Individual Camp will be held July 16-19.

The Team Camp has both a two-day or one-day component.  The cost of the Team Camp for both days will be an $80 team deposit and $25 per player ($45 per player for those staying overnight on-campus).  For one day, the cost is $40 per team and $15 per player.

Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of three games per day.  Play will be divided into varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels.

The Individual Camp, for players in grades three through 12, will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  each day.  The cost will be $150 per camper.  Skill development in a small group environment will be offered to improve each player's game.  Camp contests will include 1-on-1, 3-on-3, free throw, and hot shot competitions.

FMU head coach Kate Glusko, who recently completed her second season at Francis Marion and who guided the Patriots to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, will direct the camps.  She is a graduate of West Virginia University where she played on two squads that advanced to post-season play.  Other members of her staff will also assist with the camps.

For more information, contact FMU assistant coach Tim Wilson at 843-661-1803 or

Men’s Soccer Camps

The Francis Marion University men’s soccer program will hold a pair of camps this summer – a Residential Camp for advanced players and a Day Camp for younger players.

The residential camp is set for July 22-26, and is for boys ages 14 to 18, specifically those playing at the high school and select levels. The cost of this camp will be $420 for those staying on campus and $380 for commuter campers.

A high-level training environment will be created to ensure campers improve throughout the camp. Goalkeepers will receive special instruction.

The Day Camp is scheduled for June 18-22, 9 a.m. until noon each day, and is for players ages 7 to 15. The camp will cost $70, if paid in advance, or $80 on the first day of camp.

First-year Francis Marion men’s soccer head coach John Campbell is the camp director. He recently came to FMU from Dominican College where he posted an 86-27-20 record in seven seasons and took his squad to four NCAA national tournaments. He has twice earned conference coach of the year honors, and holds an NSCAA National and Advanced National diploma. 

For more details, contact Campbell at 843-661-1241 or

FMU Tennis Camps

Francis Marion University has scheduled two sessions of its annual Tennis Camp 2012, June 11-15 and July 9-13, for boys and girls ages 8 to 18.

The camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon on the Kassab Courts on the FMU campus.

The cost will be $60 per camper. Enrollment is limited. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. 

FMU men’s and women’s tennis coach Garth Thomson is the camp coordinator and instructor. A native of Zimbabwe, Thomson is a graduate of Francis Marion and a former two-time All-American during his collegiate playing career. Five times he has earned Peach Belt Conference “Coach of the Year” honors. The 20th-year coach has led the FMU men to a 284-140 record and 16 NCAA Division II national tournament appearances, and guided the Patriot women to a 263-166 mark and 11 national tournament berths.                                                                                                                                 

For more details or to request a registration form, call 843-661-1240 or contact Thomson at 843-661-1185.

FMU Volleyball Camp

The Francis Marion University women’s volleyball program will hold its summer camp, July 12-14. Campers may choose to either commute to camp daily, or reside on campus in the FMU residence halls. 

The camp is for players entering the sixth through 12th grades. The cost is $260 per player for residential campers, and $175 for commuting campers. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt.

The camp is designed to provide instruction for all of the skills of the game of volleyball, in addition to team defensive and offensive systems.

FMU women’s volleyball coach Paul MacDonald is the camp director. In his short stint at FMU, he has already guided FMU to an NCAA National Tournament appearance and has earned Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors. He has extensive camp experience, and has directed the Florence Juniors Volleyball Club for many years.

For more details or to request a registration form, contact coach MacDonald at 843-661-1246 or


Last Published: June 8, 2012 10:08 AM
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