about athena camps

Our vision is to build communities of empowered girls who inspire and uplift each other in order to have a positive and lasting impact on our world.

Athena Camps' mission is to inspire courage and build confidence in girls through a unique combination of athletic, creative, emotional, and social activities in a nurturing community.

We help girls aged four through fourteen develop their whole selves. Athena Campers participate in sports and creative exercises to learn how to give and receive positive affirmation, make new friends, and acquire the strength and grace to be their best in every situation.

Our Story

When her daughter started kindergarten, Aby Ryan saw a need for a special environment where girls could navigate social pressures, build character, and support each other. She realized the time had come to realize her dream of creating a unique girls' sports camp. So on June 11, 2011, she launched the first Athena Camp with 27 girls. Athena Camps' attendance quadrupled in our first full year. Since then, we have grown by more than thirty percent each year and hope to serve 10,000 girls by 2025.
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About the founder

Aby Ryan founded Athena Camps after a successful career as a professional tennis player, collegiate coach, and non-profit executive. With over 25 years of experience coaching and developing programs for local organizations, Aby specializes in youth program development, curriculum design, and innovative strategies to grow strong, expressive, confident young women.

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Safety & Security

Each year we create a team of inspirational women – teachers, coaches, student-athletes, and moms – each with her own inspirational life experiences and stories to share. Directors and Coaches undergo a background check and training in positive coaching, group facilitation, and youth development principles. Our small camp sizes (maximum of 32) and great coach to camper ratios (1:8) assure that each girl is well cared for and always safe. Photo identification is required for authorized pick up and every girl is signed in and out each day.

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