The coronavirus pandemic shut down summer activities for non-Miami students last year, but the campus, which expects about 5,000 youths to come and stay this summer, is again open for hosting groups though with lower numbers and safety modifications due to the virus, said school officials.
Usually the boys camp numbers around 1,200 participants but this the conference was limited to 672 teens.
Miami’s nationally acclaimed hockey program also draws boys and girls during summer break.
Mike Norton, director of hockey at the Goggin Ice Center at Miami, said they have made significant modifications for their six planned hockey school sessions for male and female players ranging in age from 8 to 18. The first camp starts this week.
Each session will have a maximum 120 players, slightly modified from past years. Normally, they’d have 120 players in a residence hall. This summer, they’re spreading them across three residence halls, with 40 players in each.
They’ll open all the locker rooms in Goggin and limit the number of players, using 10 instead of the usual 20. And there will be plenty of disinfecting going on beyond what was done in the past, Norton said.
Last summer was the first time since the summer hockey school program started in 1977 that one wasn’t held, said Norton, who participated in his first summer hockey school in 1980 as a student-athlete at Miami.
“It feels good to be back at it,” he said.
It’s another strong indicator things are beginning to return to normal after the summer of 2020 when no in-person conferences or camps were held on campus, said Paula Green, Miami’s associate director for conferences.
“The summer will look different, with no face-to-face orientation sessions or alumni weekend, but many university departments and external clients have been working diligently to return to campus this summer,” said Green.