Tahoe Training Camps set for kickoff this summer, founded by South Tahoe alum Abravanel
Leon Abravanel has a passion for soccer, and he is bringing that back to his hometown. The South Tahoe High alum is CEO and founder of Tahoe Training Camps, soccer camps that will debut in the Tahoe Basin this summer.
“I’m so proud to be from here,” Abravanel said. “Every time that I mention I’m from this town, people have a great memory of being here. The whole concept is to be a part of the community and also showcase Tahoe in the summer.”
Abravanel graduated from South Tahoe in 2004, and played soccer collegiately at San Diego and Denver before a four-year professional career. He currently lives in Southern California, and takes pride in where he grew up.
“We really take care of each other in a community where we have to,” Abravanel said of South Lake Tahoe. “If I can do my part to help this community in any capacity I can, I want to do it.”
Tahoe Training Camps has three camps planned for this summer, all led by U.S. Soccer Federation certified coaches. Residential camps will be held on the North Shore from July 10-15 and in South Lake Tahoe from Aug. 7-12 — and there is a day camp featuring Sacramento Republic FC in South Lake Tahoe scheduled from July 25-29.
“The professional environment and coaching staff is something that being exposed to at an early age gives kids an ability to have a standard for themselves,” Abravanel said. “It’s that and the variety of the training experience.”
The day camp is geared primarily toward local players, and offers exposure to training with coaches from Sacramento Republic FC, a United Soccer League club. As someone who grew up and played in the relatively remote environment of Lake Tahoe, Abravanel said it’s a good opportunity for local kids to get a taste of the game at a higher level.
“It’s pretty much exclusively for local kids,” Abravanel said of the day camp. “Let’s get a professional team up here and get our kids exposed to that.”
Abravanel recognizes the talent-rich environment for soccer in the Tahoe Basin, which has quality that rivals any area of its size. He plans to work with South Tahoe Futbol Club with this summer’s camps and in the future, and praised the local club for its efforts to strengthen soccer in the community.
“Starting to provide that structure is critical to making that talent something that can really go to college,” Abravanel said.
Tahoe Training Camps plans to instruct players with high-level coaching, high-elevation training, team building and leadership training while showcasing the area’s variety of outdoor activities. Abravanel said the soccer aspects will include field time, futsal, soccer tennis, soccer golf — and a beach soccer day as part of the residential camp.
“It helps development in a small timeframe — you’re taking touches in different ways, and in a technical sport like soccer you have to break it down to technique,” Abravanel said. “It’s doing it on different surfaces with different elements around.”
The day camp will be open to players ages 5 to 14, with the residential camps for kids 10 and older — players of all abilities are welcome to attend. Costs range from $99-$175 per player for the day camp and $999 for the residential camps.
For more information about Tahoe Training Camps, visit http://www.tahoetrainingcamps.com. Tahoe Training Camps are also on Facebook and Instagram (@tahoetrainingcamps).