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Andover Soccer Camp

Andover Soccer Camp Suspends Operations

January 22, 2010


Phillips Academy regretfully announces that it has decided to suspend the operation of the Andover Soccer Camp for the summer of 2010 and possibly beyond. The decision comes in part as a response to the economic downturn, which has caused the Academy to reevaluate its budgets and streamline its administrative operations while preserving its academic core.

The decision to suspend the soccer camp was particularly difficult, given its long-standing tradition and its impact on the local community for the past 33 years. Started at Phillips Academy in the summer of 1976 as a one-week program serving 103 local girls and boys, the camp grew over the years into a multi-week program that attracted more than 750 campers from 60 communities. “The number of lives that have been positively affected by this camp are simply too many to count,” said Steve Carter, PA’s chief operating and financial officer. “In the end, this decision was made based on declining camp numbers and the larger financial climate.”

The Academy extends its deepest appreciation to the dedicated staff that made the Andover Soccer Camp a success. In particular, the Academy thanks camp founders Bill Tarbox and Dave Amundsen, as well as the entire Tarbox family, whose members have dedicated countless hours to the program. In addition, the Academy thanks camp coordinators Mike Kuta and Steve Carr, program director Dave Wilson, and all the coaches who made the daily camp experience fun and rewarding for all involved.

A final decision regarding the camp’s long-term future will be made at a later date.