By Lindsey Micheletti,
The InSports Foundation recently had it’s first ever InHockey Camp from July 8-10 in Fargo, North Dakota. The camp was completely free to its campers who came from the Fargo-Moorhead Area as well as the Twin-Cities.
During the camp, the participants had the opportunity to win an equipment scholarship in honor of Anthony Titus. Anthony Titus was an ambitious young athlete from Minneapolis, MN who participated in hockey and football. At the age of 16, Anthony was caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting and tragically passed away. InSports wants his name to live on through a scholarship dedicated to Anthony.
The Anthony Titus Scholarship was awarded to three InHockey Camp participants who worked exceptionally hard, showed a positive attitude, and demonstrated outstanding coachability throughout the camp. These traits exemplify what Anthony stood for, and are a fitting tribute to his name.
Originally, there were going to be two scholarship winners, however the competition for the winners was so tough that we had to choose three winners. The winners included Mea Johnson of Fargo, Matthew Anderson of New Prague, and Saysetha Philaphandeth of Minneapolis.
We interviewed each of the winners to get their insight on what the camp and hockey overall means to them.
How long have you been playing hockey?
Mea: 3 years
Matthew: 4 years
Saysetha: 3 years
Which scholarship item are you going to choose? (New skates or 3 new sticks)
Matthew: 3 sticks
What are you excited about for next season?
Mea: “I can skate harder and shoot the puck faster for next season!”
Matthew: “Possibly making it on the JV or Varsity team for New Prague High School.”
Saysetha: “I am excited to play with my friends Nikos and Jezeir next year on our team, Novas. Also looking forward to trying out some new moves with the team!”
What was your favorite part about the camp?
Mea: “The coaches were always there to answer questions if you asked.”
Matthew: “The best part of the hockey camp was meeting all those nice kids and especially getting closer to the coaches and Max and all the players. Also doing all the activities, I’m thankful for all of it.”
Saysetha: “Staying at a hotel, exploring Fargo and its shops, especially Scheel’s. Also, I really liked the games we played at the camp.”
What is your favorite thing about hockey?
Mea: “It’s more fun than figure skating! And there’s more contact.”
Matthew: “The action and being in the play the whole time!”
Saysetha: “I like hockey because it’s challenging for me being a goalie.”
The first InHockey Camp was a great success! We would like to thank everyone for coming out, we had a great group of kids that all deserve to be recognized. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers, we couldn't have done it without them. InSports is already planning and looking forward to next year's camp.