Date: July 1, 2012
Don't spend the summer just watching the London 2012 Olympics on TV when you can bring the games into your family's life. Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce your kids to a few of the sports. Here are some Triangle options for kids who want to try a few of the less-common Summer Olympics sports:
Lifetime Archery in Raleigh
Private, group and youth lessons. Practices held in indoor range or outdoors at the Durham County Wildlife Club. All levels of experience welcome. Call 919-272-2635 or visit lifetimearchery.com.
Central Carolina Archery
Clubs located within the Triangle area, including Durham's Falls Lake Archery Association and Garner's Neuse River Bowhunters. Multiple classes, clubs and tournaments for a range of ages and experience. centralcarolinaarchery.com.
Buckhorn Farms in Holly Springs Includes 20-target course, long-range shots and 17 different classes. Call Johnny Carroll at 919-795-4811 for details about club membership.
NC Badminton Club
Family-oriented club for recreational or competitive playing and summer camps. Serves Raleigh, Durham, Morrisville, Cary and Chapel Hill. Multiple contacts based on location. badminton-rtp.com/contact.html.
Mid-South Fencers Club in Durham Olympics fencing taught through quarterly class seasons, summer camps and membership classes. Open to all levels of experience. For class inquiries, call 919-800-7886 or visit midsouthfencersclub.org.
Apex Fencing Academy
Private, group and home-school classes offered for kids of any experience level. Email email@example.com for information or visit apexfencing.net.
North Carolina Fencing Development Program of Chapel Hill
Recreational and competitive play and private and group classes for ages 8-80 with all experience levels. ncfdp.org/contact.
NBS Gym of Raleigh
Summer camps and classes offered for youth. Call 919-821-7800 or visit nbsgym.com.
Triangle Rowing Club
Open to children 12 and older with all experience levels. Includes summer camp sessions along with regular teams. trianglerowing.org.
Triangle Water Polo Club of Cary Introductory youth water polo clinics for ages 11 and older. High school students ages 16 and older can join the club. See meetup.com/triangle-water-polo-club/members.
Triangle Aquatic Center
Youth water polo is $5/visit. Must check in at front desk each visit. triangleaquatics.org/programs.
Many summer camps and YMCAs focus on Olympic sports such as volleyball, gymnastics and martial arts. For more information, visit our summer camp guide and search our online directories.
Also find other more-common sports clubs and classes in our Ultimate Family Resource Guide.