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 Philosophy

Athena Camps is not a traditional sports camp. Our goal is to build body-confidence through sports, giving girls a sense of control over their bodies. Research states that elementary age girls should be "sampling" sports rather than specializing, learning skills and a "love for the game", rather than competing.  In middle school, we know sports participation boosts girls' self-esteem, provides focus and builds social confidence. At Athena Camps, girls of all ages have fun and successful experiences with sports and are empowered as their athletic ability grows. Creative, girl-focused projects and facilitated group discussions serve as social opportunities to connect and express emotions in a nurturing community.

About the founder

Aby Ryan founded Athena Camps after a successful career as a professional tennis player, collegiate coach, and non-profit executive. With almost 30 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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