Director Q and A with Jake Gallo

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Recently, we launched our “Director Q and A” series with Camp Director’s Jonathan Isaac and Julia Garisto. Today, we introduce our Multi-Sport Program Director, Jake Gallo!

1. Hi Jake. Tell us about yourself. Give us your 60-second elevator pitch….

My name is Jake and I’m 28 years old, although 93.4% of people I know either call me Gallo or Mr. Gallo. I’ve been teaching Physical Education and Geography in high schools across the TDSB for over 6 years, and now find myself at Northern S.S. where I coach volleyball and baseball.  I’m currently the pitching coach for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, which is where I spent 5 years studying Physical and Health Education as well as completing my Bachelor of Education. I’ve been at NTBC for 7 short years, both as a counsellor and as Elite Camp Director, and could not be more excited about Multi-Sport this upcoming summer! Other essential must-knows: I have a viciously loud finger snap, opening milk cartons is a major weakness of mine, and if couch napping or catching thrown moving grapes in my mouth were turned into a competition, I’d win.

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Director Q & A with Julia Garisto

Last week, we launched our “Director Q and A” series with Camp Director Jonathan Isaac. Today, we introduce our Director of Administration Julia Garisto!

1. Hi Julia. Tell us about yourself. Give us your 60-second elevator pitch….

My name is Julia Garisto, I’m 25 years old, and I’ve been working with NTBC (now True North Sports Camps) for the past two years. I am an Ontario Certified Teacher and a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Kinesiology and Education Program. Last year I taught abroad in London, England. In terms of athletics, I’ve been heavily involved with competitive sports for most of my life, playing provincial level soccer for over 10 years. I have coached several sports teams in the past and look forward to working with young campers again this summer! My hobbies include: playing tennis, reading, eating sushi, and baking.

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Director Q & A with Jonathan Isaac

At True North Sports Camps, we believe the most important aspect of camp is the people. That’s why our primary focus is assembling an incredible staff team, from Camp Director to Counsellor-In-Training. To do so, we have developed a unique hiring process which includes a practical assessment where we get a chance to observe candidates in action. While having playing experience is certainly important, our main priority is finding counsellors who are a high quality fit with our campers, parents, and other staff.

Over the next few months, we will be featuring “Q & A’s” with our head staff to give parents and campers a chance to get to know them better. To kick things off, here’s our interview with our Camp Director, Jonathan IsaacContinue reading →

Flag Football for Kids – A Non-Contact Alternative

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For many years, the only option for aspiring young football players has been full contact tackle football. However, non-contact flag football camps and leagues for kids has gained in popularity in recent years and are now strongly encouraged by many current and former college and pro football players. Billy Taylor, a former New York Giants running back says “the environment is safer and more fun, so players have the opportunity to really focus on improving the foundations of their game”.

A Fun and Safer Alternative

Flag football presents a fun and safer alternative to full contact tackle football.

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How to Pick the Perfect Sports Camp

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Considering the number of summer camp options in Toronto, picking the right summer sports camp for your child can be a challenge. Even within sports camps, there is a huge range of different programs available. Today, we are going to outline four key criteria that you should consider when choosing a sports camp for your child. This is an important decision – picking the best summer camp for your child can be the difference between sparking a life long passion for a sport and choosing to sit on the sidelines.

If you’re in the process of selecting a summer sports camp for your child, here are four key criteria to consider: 1) Coaches, 2) Camp Philosophy, 3) Coach to Camper Ratio, & 4) Price

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