Coach Gabe Zuger Recommends

We asked Gabe, Multi-sports Camp Director at Purchase Future Stars Camps for some interesting reads and here are a couple of articles for you to peruse.  Enjoy!


From the New York Times about Ultimate Frisbee:

Born of a Boycott, a Women’s Ultimate Frisbee League Charts Its Own Path


And from WKAR, just in case you thought Dodgeball was just a kid’s game:

Michigan State Students Prove Dodgeball Is Way More than A Kid’s Game


For more information about the variety of Multi-Sports programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Multi-Sports Camp page,  today.

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Spotlight on Gabe Zuger

“Future Stars Camps has been around for 38 years and keeping it fresh while maintaining the values that have made this summer day camp a family tradition are why parents, who attended as kids, want their children to come here.”  —    Jordan Snider

We are proud to be a family tradition.  Enjoy getting to know our Future Stars Camps family. If there is someone at Future Stars Camps that you want to know more about, please let us know at:  purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Gabe Zuger, as he steps into his new role as Multi-Sports Camp director at Purchase, after working with your children as their camp counselor for the last few years.


What was your most memorable 2018 winter moment?

Gabe:  Spending Christmas in Mexico.*

What are you most looking forward to at camp this summer?

Gabe:  Campers building on skills and friendships — and jumping in the GaGa pit from time to time.

What are your hobbies?

Gabe:  Running, listening to podcasts, and cooking.


What is your favorite memory from camp?

Gabe:  The relay races.

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Gabe:  Seeing campers play their hardest and feel good in their effort.

What song do you play most often?

Gabe:  Snail Mail’s “Pristine”.

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?

Gabe:  Running,

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Gabe:  Soup.

If you could be better at something, what would you choose?

Gabe:  Singing.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Gabe:  The sense of order and rationality that I once believed existed in the world.



Who is your favorite fictional character?

Gabe:  Bruce Wayne.

What kind of movies do you enjoy?

Gabe:  Old movies.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?

Gabe:  Trail running and board games.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

Gabe:  Jerseys — like a lot of them.

What is your favorite quote?

“...not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” ~William Bruce Cameron


For more information about the variety of Multi-Sports programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Multi-Sports Camp page,  today.

Image Credit:  Gabe Zuger

*Interview responses are from the Spring 2019


Multi-Sports Thoughts

“Former Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer recently stated that he prefers recruiting athletes who are involved in other sports.”  Here are some reasons why:

  • coaches like to see athletes with their own eyes, not just on film therefore they can see an athlete competing during other seasons.
  • some recruiters feel that other sports give athletes an edge from a competitive standpoint

Power Sanford Health has these positives to share about being a multi-sport athlete:

  • multi-sport athletes have a much higher chance of remaining active as adults
  • the variety of movements and activities can limit the occurrence of overuse injuries associated with just one sport or skill.
  • playing multiple sports gives athletes time to heal and develop different muscle groups and movement patterns.
  • multi-sport athletes haven’t had that intense emphasis on one sport and are more likely to retain their love of the game.
  • different types of skills can be applied from one sport to the next.

Zoe Lipke, a multi-sports athlete had this to say about her personal experience:

  • she plays soccer and basketball
  • her schedule is packed solid between practices for both sports
  • she sometimes get less than five hours of sleep a night
  • she has had injuries

Zoe also shares, “However, playing different sports has put me ahead in several aspects of my life. From a leadership perspective, I have grown so much over the years, and playing multiple sports that are so different from each other allows me to express leadership in more ways that one.”


For more information about the variety of Multi-Sports programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Multi-Sports Camp page,  today.

For full articles:  Pros and cons to being a multi-sport athlete


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Does a Multi-Sports Background Equal Success?

Functional Movement shares some things to think about multi-sport participation and sports success in the long-run.  Here are some people who wholeheartedly support multi-sport participation:

On the flip side, a question that could be raised is ” Did these athletes become great because they played multiple sports?  Or did they play multiple sports because they were great athletes?”  That’s an important question to think about.  Having shared that thought to ponder on, here are some benefits of a multi-sports background:

  • decreases over-use injuries which can also be better managed by well-thought out training programs and appropriate length of  playing seasons
  • increased movement capacity as different sports require varying movement patterns
  • improves athletic capacity


For full article:  Does A Multisport Background Improve An Athlete’s Opportunity For Success?

For more information about Multi-Sports camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Multi-Sports camp page, today.

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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Even though our summer camp has ended, we will continue to feature campers from a variety of camps at Purchase on Wednesdays.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com


Meet veteran Future Stars Multi-sports camper, Max.

Farah:  When did you start at Future Stars camps and what camps have you joined?

Max I started 6 years ago.  I’ve been at Multi-sports, Tennis, and Circus Arts camps. 

Farah: What camp are you in this week? 

Max:  Multi-sports.

Farah:  What have you been working on this week?

Max:  We have been doing color wars, so it’s four teams with a bunch of kids and you have to get the most points to win. We’ve been playing capture the flag, gaga ball and world cup. My favorite was capture the flag.

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

Max: Probably dodgeball. 

Farah:  What are you most looking forward to this week? 

Max:   I enjoy the relay race which has different stations and the first team to complete all stations wins.

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor? 

Max:  I don’t have a favorite, I like them all. 

Farah: Is there someone that you look up to or admire? In sports or entertainment? Why?

 Max:   David Wright, he played on the Mets. He played 3rd base just like I do in baseball. I saw him in the first game I ever watched and he hit a crazy grand slam!

Farah: What are your hobbies?

 Max:  I like to play with figures, like gaming figures and pokemon figures. I usually pull them out and play with them.

Farah:  What grade are you in? What do you most enjoy about school?

Max:  I’m going into 6th grade. I really love field time during recess.

Farah:  What do you want to be when you grow up?

Max:   Either a chef or an engineer. I’m being taught to cook by my mom. My favorite thing to make is either pizza or muffins.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp? 

Max:  It was maybe 2 years ago and it was at Multi-sports camp. We were playing color wars and you had to lip sync a song for points and I did “Believer” by Imagine Dragons. It was so fun! My favorite song has changed but it was my favorite at the time.

Farah:  Nice meeting you Max, and I hope that I catch you lip syncing at some point this summer!


For more information about Multi-Sports camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Multi-Sports camp page, today.

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Did You Know This About the NFL 2018 First Round Picks?

Just in case you missed this part of the bio of these 2018 NFL first round picks, “the first round was chock full of athletes who played multiple sports in high school or throughout most of their pre-college years.”  Here’s a taste of who they are and what they played:

  • Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns #6, Oklahoma, his sports background included baseball, and he is still with the Browns
  • Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants, Penn State, his sports background included track and basketball, and he is still with the Giants
  • Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets, USC, his sports background included basketball and baseball, and he is still with the Jets
  • Denzel Ward, CB, Cleveland Browns, Ohio State, his sports background included track and he is still with the Browns
  • Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills, Wyoming, his sports background included basketball and baseball and he is still with the Bills
  • Mike McGlinchey, OT, San Francisco 49ers, Notre Dame, his sports background included basketball, wrestling, and lacrosse, and he is still with the 49ers


For full article:  NFL Draft 2018: First round loaded with multi-sport athletes 

For more information about Multi-Sports camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Multi-Sports camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps