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by Cassandra Cousineau

Every year, thousands of parents across the country scramble to find ways to keep their children occupied during summer break in a meaningful way. Booking vacations, visits to relatives, and planning extracurricular activities can challenge even the most organized. Families with young athletes especially struggle to identify the right sports camps. The solution comes down to a combination of location, quality of instruction, and value.

Mesquite has the answer – again

Let’s face it, summer in Nevada is, well, sizzling. Perhaps the only thing hotter than a July day is the opportunity to secure a spot in a high-caliber sports camp with access to an indoor facility. Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is the place for athletes of all levels to experience training and spend meaningful time at a summer camp. Even better, is the availability of The Barn, Rising Star Ranch’s indoor fieldhouse.

Nike Camps, the largest sports camps network in the world, will once again facilitate its basketball, softball, and baseball programs at Rising Star Sports Ranch from June to August 2018. With ratios averaging 10:1, and less in some cases, Nike camps are known for giving individual attention to take young athletes to the next level.

“Overnight sports camps contribute in a unique way to an athlete’s development, and are vital to building leadership skills, confidence, and learning life skills,” said Rising Star Ranch COO Andre Carrier.

Highlighted by a host of accomplished coaches, including softball Olympian Lori Harrigan-Mack; former MLB player and scout for the Chicago Cubs, Tom Myers; and Durango High School Boys’ Basketball Head Coach DeShawn Henry, the facility is the official Nevada home for Nike’s overnight camps.

Outside of ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, Rising Star Ranch is the only facility in the country to offer both complete sports training and competition facilities, as well as a hotel designed specifically to meet the unique needs of traveling sports teams.

Driven by a vision to improve the overall travel experience for athletes, coaches, and parents, Rising Star Ranch COO Andre Carrier has emphasized the need to create an environment where everyone involved in youth sports tournaments and campscan be their best selves. “As parents, we often say how fast the years fly by with our kids and we should make the most of that time. The Ranch was not only built for competition but for fun, laughter, learning and memories.”

The full slate of Nike camps is just part of the training and camp programs at Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort this summer. Check the website


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