Overnight Camp in Massachusetts
Summer 2016 in Massachusetts
Tuition: $2195 Deposit: $475
Eligibility: Girls ages 10-17, limited to 130 athletes
Arrival: Sunday, July 10 at 10:00am
Departure: Thursday, July 14 at 3:00pm
*Includes: 5 shirts, 1 ball, 2 autographed items, 1 photo with Mia, Kristine, and Tisha…and more!
Mia, Kristine, Tisha and their TeamFirst staff lead each on-field session to create a competitive and fun environment. Athletes benefit greatly from being taught by the best about what it takes to be the best.
Athletes are divided into groups by age and assigned a World Cup country that they represent during each training session throughout the week. Girls are challenged in game-like situations to play outside of their comfort zones, pushing their limits as individual players while having a blast as a team! Off the field, campers enjoy a beautiful camp setting, relaxing electives, and fun evening activities.
Leadership & Staff
Directors Eric & Liza Wittenberg lead the daily operations during the Spring Break camp, just as they would at the Academy in Otis, Massachusetts. At least two college-aged Cabin Counselors live in each cabin with 8-10 campers. Counselors are hired and trained to supervise the campers and lead them as positive role models. A Registered Nurse & Certified Athletic Trainer care for the girls when illnesses or injuries occur.
Athletes live in comfortable cabins with Cabin Counselors. Each cabin is equipped with comfortable bunk beds, full bathrooms with showers, storage areas, and electricity.
Most local families drive to camp in East Otis, MA. We do provide free ground transportation from Bradley International Airport (BDL) for athletes flying in from out of town. See below for driving directions to the Academy.
About Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, & Tisha Venturini Hoch
Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini Hoch have been friends and teammates for over 20 years. They played together at the University of North Carolina where they led the Tar Heels to 6 consecutive national titles between 1989 and 1994. Each was a four-year NCAA Division 1 All-American. The trio also started for the US Women’s National Team. Hamm and Lilly joined the national team in 1987, at ages 15 and 16 and Hoch joined in 1992. Between them, they have a combined 5 Olympic gold medals, 5 World Cup Championships, and 12 NCAA Titles.
Mia Hamm joined the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1987 and played for 17 years. She was named FIFA’s “World Player of the Year” in 2001 and 2002. In 1991, at age 19, Hamm became the youngest team member in history to win the World Cup. Five years later, Hamm and her teammates secured the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 1999, Hamm set a new record for most international goals and held that title until 2013. Hamm was Soccer USA’s Player of the Year from 1994 through 1998 and was named MVP of the 1995 Women’s World Cup. She retired in 2004 after helping her team win gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She is married and has three children.
Kristine Lilly is the world’s all-time international caps leader, having played 352 games for the United States between 1987 and 2010. She was a three-time U.S. Soccer Player of the Year (1993, 2005, 2006). She left the game in 2011 as the second-leading goal-scorer and assist-maker in U.S. team history. Her career included winning two of the five FIFA Women’s World Cups in which she played, and she was part of Olympic teams that earned two gold and one silver medal. She is married and has two children.
Tisha Venturini Hoch
Tisha Venturini Hoch was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1992 – 2000. She played in the 1995 and 1999 World Cups and the 1996 Summer Olympics. During those tournaments, she played 13 matches and scored 7 goals. Venturini Hoch represented the United States in 132 international matches and scored 44 goals. She is eleventh ranked all-time among American women top goal-scorers. Venturini Hoch retired in 2001. She is married and has two children.
FROM ALBANY (approximately 62 miles; 1 hour 20 minutes)
Take I-90 East toward Taconic Parkway/Boston. Take exit 2 for US 20 East. Turn Left at US 20 East (Housatonic St.). Follow for 6.9 miles and turn Right onto MA-8 South. Follow for 5.6 miles and turn Left onto MA-23 East. Follow for 3.1 miles and turn Right onto West Shore Road. Continue onto Pine Road and then onto Reservoir Road. Take second camp entrance on Left and proceed to center of camp.
FROM BOSTON (approximately 115 miles; 2 hours 13 minutes)
Take I-90 West to Exit 3 toward US 202/MA-10 (Westfield/Northampton). Turn Right on MA-10 South/US 202 South/Southampton Road for 1.5 miles. Turn Right onto Franklin Street. Continue onto US 20 West/Russell Road for 4.9 miles. Turn Left onto MA-23 W/Blandford Road for 11.8 miles. Turn Left onto West Shore Road. Continue on to Pine Road. Continue on to Reservoir Road. Take second camp entrance on Left and proceed to the center of camp.
FROM HARTFORD (approximately 55 miles; 1 hour 10 minutes)
Take I-91 North to exit 3 to merge onto US-5 (toward West Springfield). Take the exit for US 20 West toward Springfield/West Springfield. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Park Street. Turn Right onto Elm Street. Then take slight Left onto US-20 W (Westfield Street). Follow US 20 W for 7 miles. Slight Right onto Main Street, then slight Right onto North Elm Street. Turn left at Franklin Street. Continue onto US-20 W (Russell Road) for 5 miles. Turn Left onto MA-23 West (Blandford Road) for 11.8 miles. Take a Left onto West Shore Road. Continue onto Pine Road and then onto Reservoir Road. Take second camp entrance on Left and proceed to the center of camp.
FROM NEW JERSEY (approximately 130 miles; 2 hours 20 minutes)
Garden State Parkway North to 87/287 East. Go over the Tappan Zee Bridge to I-684 North; or take George Washington Bridge to Henry Hudson Parkway North to Cross County East to Hutchinson River Parkway North to 684 North. From I-684 North follow directions below FROM WESTCHESTER.
FROM NEW YORK CITY (approximately 130 miles; 2 hours 30 minutes)
Take 87 (Deegan Expressway) North to 287 East; or 95 North to 287 West or Hutchinson River Parkway North to I-684 North. From I-684 North follow directions below FROM WESTCHESTER.
FROM WESTCHESTER (approximately 110 miles; 1 hour 50 minutes)
Take I-684 North to I-84 East towards Danbury. At Waterbury take Exit 20 on the Left to CT-8 North toward Torrington for 28 miles. The highway ends and brings you to a traffic light. Turn Right onto South Main Street (still Route 8). Turn Right onto Park Place (still Route 8). Continue straight on CT-8 North for 16 miles. Route CT-8 becomes MA-8 when you enter Massachusetts. Turn Right onto Reservoir Road. Travel 1.5 miles. Turn Right into the first camp entrance. Proceed to the center of camp.