Former Summit Athlete Launches Little Hilltoppers Sports Camp
SUMMIT, NJ — Growing up in Summit, Maddie Wang felt that being a Hilltopper athlete was all-encompassing. Not only did she enjoy playing tennis competitively, but she also deeply appreciated the life skills she learned as a Hilltopper.
Now an approved summit community program, Wang launched the Little Hilltoppers Sports Camp. This is the second year that the Hilltoppers camp has been operating.
At just 20 years old, Wang herself runs the camp, which teaches children ages 3 to 11 various athletic skills, as well as what it means to be a Hilltopper. Campers can choose between three sports: tennis, basketball and now football, which was just added this year.
Wang graduated from Summit High School in 2020 and was an active tennis player throughout middle school and high school. More than playing tennis, Wang said she fell in love with coaching. She taught classes at Beacon Hill Country Club, as well as private lessons and clinics during the height of the pandemic.
“I realized how fun it is to coach and how amazing it is to work with these kids that I’m teaching…what it means to be a Hilltopper, which I think, means having a good sport and having empathy and being inclusive for everyone,” Wang said. “I think [it’s] a really good thing to teach the younger ones in Summit.”
Currently, Wang is taking a year off from college and working on her camp business.
The program is run by the Summit Recreation Center, which Wang said was a huge help in making the camp possible. To become an approved summit community program, Wang said the process of becoming an LLC was a long one, filling out tax forms and pitching camp at the recreation center.
Wang said most of his business plan involves hiring coaches who are all either current Summit High School varsity athletes or former varsity athletes.
“I teach and I stress to all [the coaches] how important it is to not only teach the sport, but also to teach sportsmanship, empathy and Hilltopper camaraderie,” Wang said.
Camp registration is still available and will be open until camp begins in June.
The camp takes place in the morning from 9 am to 12 pm from Monday to Thursday.
Here are the weeks currently available for registration:
- Week 1: June 20 – June 24
- Week 2: June 27 – July 1
- Week 3: July 5 – July 8
The camp takes place at Soldiers Memorial Field in Summit. You can learn more about this and register on the Summit Community Programs website.