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Specialty Sports


Champaign Park District offers a wide variety of specialty sports including pickleball, fencing, disc golf, and more! We also host a variety of camps and clinics throughout the community.

Youth Specialty Sports

CAVALIER FENCING CAMPS

Ages 8-15
En Garde! Looking for something more than just the same old sport camp? Add some excitement to your summer vacation with the Cavalier Fencing Camps. We have a variety of camp experiences for the beginner and the more experienced youth fencer. Fencers will spend the week playing games and learning footwork, blade technique, tactics, and the principles of competitive fencing—in short, everything you need to know about the sport! Fencers should come dressed to work hard in loose clothing (no denim jeans) and tennis shoes. All fencing equipment is provided.

BEGINNING FENCING CAMP
This camp will introduce all the basics of fencing to boys and girls ages 8-12. Learn to move your feet and your blade just like the pirates in the movies. We will teach you everything you need to know about foil fencing and play lots of fun fencing games to improve your skills and stamina. On the last day of camp we’ll have a fun tournament to show off your new skills.

ADVANCED CAMP
Boys and girls with previous fencing experience can refine their techniques at this week long camp. Those who have participated in another fencing camp or in one of the Point’s Cavalier classes are welcome to attend. We’ll play fun and competitive games to refine your skills and introduce you to saber and epee fencing as well. On the last day of camp we will have a friendly tournament to show off your new skills!

  • Beginning Fencing (Ages 8-12): June 13-17 | Deadline: 6/7 
  • Beginning Fencing (Ages 8-12): July 11-15  | Deadline: 6/28 
  • Advanced Fencing (Ages 11-15): July 18-22, 2022 | Deadline: 7/5 

Day: Monday-Friday
Time: 8:30a-12p
Fee (R/NR): $135/$185
Location: The Point Fencing Club and School, 401 N. Vine, Urbana
Min/Max: 6/15
Instructor: Point Fencing Club Cavalier Staff
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983


PROJECT ATHLETES

3rd-5th
Project Athletes Speed School offers speed, agility, and conditioning training — a place to belong and a team to be a part of.

Join us as we partner with Project Athletes, a program designed to improve personal athletic ability and personal growth development. This program includes individualized cross-training and a unique accountability program. Let Project Athletes guide your child on their life journey through positive mentoring. COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced and followed.

Date: Monday, June 6-August 1, 2022 (No program: July 4)
Time: 11a-12p
Fee (R/NR): $62/$93
Deadline: May 31, 2022
Location: Kenwest (field just south of Leonhard Recreation Center)
Questions: shannon.walter@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3988


Adult Specialty Sports

ADULT BEGINNERS FENCING MINI-CAMP

Portrait of fencer woman wearing white fencing costume. Isolated on black background.

Ages 16+
Learn the basics of this great lifetime sport from Master Coach Michael Vitoux in a fun, introductory mini-camp. Adults will learn footwork, blade technique, tactics, and principles of fencing. Come ready to work hard, dressed in loose clothing (no jeans), and tennis shoes. All fencing equipment is provided. Tournament on last day!

Date: July 15-July 17, 2022
Times:

  • Friday: 6:30-8:30p 
  • Saturday: 9:30a-1:30p
  • Sunday: 1:30-4:30p

Deadline: July 5, 2022
Location: The Point Fencing Club and School, 401 N. Vine, Urbana
Fee (R/NR): $110/$160
Instructor: Point Fencing Club Cavalier Staff
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983

 

 


Volunteer Coaches

Now seeking Youth Sports Coaches!

“A good coach will make his [their] players see what they can be, rather than what they are.” – Ara Parseghian.

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Sports Field Rentals

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Open Gym

Want to play but not sure about your schedule?  No problem!  We offer the following open gym sports year-round:

Leonhard Recreation CenterLeonhard Recreation Center

Volleyball
Basketball
Pickleball
Badminton

For more information, please visit Leonhard Recreation Center >> or call 217-398-2550.

Douglass Community Center

Douglass Community Center

Basketball
Pickleball

 

 

For more information, please visit Douglass Community Center >> or call 217-398-2573.

 

Outdoor Places to Play

From parks to pools, tennis to soccer, there’s something for everyone at the Champaign Park District. Find what you’re looking for with a simple search of our website or call 217-398-2550 and we’d be happy to help.

Scholarship Information


Because some residents are unable to participate in recreation programs due to economic hardship, the Champaign Park District offers scholarships to reduce certain fees and charges. Youth Scholarship Program applicants are not guaranteed fund availability, program registration or choice of program location. Early applications are given priority. Need is the primary criterion upon which scholarship applicants are considered. Questions: 398-2550.

Visit our Registration page for the updated Scholarship Applications!

 


Employment Opportunities

The Champaign Park District is committed to providing exceptional parks, programs, events, and facilities – and it all starts with outstanding staff.  Thank you for your interest in joining our team! Online applications for full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions are accepted year round but may only be reviewed during specific hiring periods. Our current job openings are posted below.  If you would like more information, please contact Human Resources at 217-819-3840 or personnel@champaignparks.org

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