HARROGATE, Tenn. — The third-annual Lincoln Memorial University Softball Overnight Summer Camp attracted a record 50 athletes representing 10 states, surpassing last season’s previous high of 42 attendees from seven different states. This year’s camp ran from June 22-25 on the LMU campus and Dorothy Neely Field.
“This year’s camp was the best one we’ve ever had at Lincoln Memorial,” said third-year head coach Natalie Layden. “The camp was full of talent and excitement for both LMU and softball. I think it was more fun for me and the staff than the campers.”
LMU Softball Overnight Summer Camp participants were treated to a first-class experience while running through a gamut of softball skill work, instruction and game play. Campers were housed at the McClelland Apartment, one of the newest apartment facilities on campus, and fed home-cooked meals compliments of Arlene Layden, coach Layden’s mother.
By day, the campers received a plethora of instruction and were put through skill work by the camp’s 12 total staff members, which featured eight current or former Lady Railsplitters. As part of the training aspect of the camp, participants received an intro workout from LMU strength and conditioning coach Stephen Linzmeier. At night, the campers divided into teams and played live-action games.
“It’s fun to see how our program has grown nationally. We will continue to work hard and grow our brand,” said Layden.