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Specialty Sports

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

Youth Specialty Sports


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.

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.

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!

Dates & Times Vary. See Registration link for Information.
Fee (R/NR): $135/$185 (Class is non-refundable after registration deadline)
Additional $10 fee for U.S. Fencing Association Non- Competitive Membership per participant. Register online separately at www.usafencing.org/page/show/698114-individual-memberships
Location: The Point Fencing Club and School, 401 N. Vine St, Urbana
Min/Max: 6/15
Instructor: Point Fencing Club Cavalier staff
Questions: justice.miller@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3984



Ages 7-18
Whether you’re new to the game or an experienced player, come enjoy fun in the sun this summer at the NEW Youth Lacrosse Camp. Prepare to enhance your athleticism by working with our instructors from Champaign County Lacrosse Club to improve your skills on the field. This clinic focuses on improving and developing player endurance and ball control through extensive passing,
shooting, guarding, and speed drills. All COVID safety protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of participants & staff. Spots are limited, so secure yours today!

Location: Dodds Soccer Complex
Deadline: 5/27, $10 late fee
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983

Adult Specialty Sports


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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!

Location: The Point Fencing Club and School, 401 N. Vine, Urbana
Fee (R/NR): $110/$160
Instructor: Michael Vitoux, Point Fencing Club & School President
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983


Ages 15+
Are you tired of chasing a little white ball around? Try Disc Golf! The Champaign County Disc Golf Club and the Champaign Park District are partnering to provide a Disc Golf Clinic. Members of the Champaign County Disc Golf Club will provide instruction on the basic skills of the game. Participants will also get a chance to test their skills on the 18 Hole Course. Discs will be available for use, but you are welcome to use your own or purchase a 3 disc professional set (get information in registration link below).

Dates: 5/8-6/5
No Class:
Location: Dodds Park Disc Golf Course (east of Parkland College)
Instructor: Champaign County Disc Golf Club Members
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

Please visit our rental page for more information!



Open Gym-Unavailable

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

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

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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. Jimmy John’s 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: 217-398-2550.

CPD & CUSR Scholarship Forms will be used by any applicant who wants financial help with programs occurring between May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.  Page 3 is for each child requesting assistance, so print multiple copies if needed:  

If a participant would like to apply for more programs than space allowed on the form, please use the following form for additional program:

If you would like to submit your completed scholarship application with the required documents by email, please send them to tom.gilbert@champaignparks.org.

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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