About Saken Sports Camp
Starting in 1994, Saken Sports Camp (SSC) has become Los Angeles’ premier sports camp provider offering athletic camps, clinics, and a wide variety of traditional camp activities. SSC is Proud to be celebrating our 24th Anniversary!
Sports Camps and clinics are held year-round for campers age 4-14. We offer a Summer, Winter, and Spring Camp at our Campsite on Mulholland Dr. Near the 405 freeway. Additionally, offer a Hawaii Adventure Camp that explores the Hawaiian Islands as well as a Surf Camp in Ventura during the summer. We also offer an ongoing Camper/ Counselor-In-Training program for boys and girls 14 to 18 years.
Saken Sports Camp is built on the philosophy that all children should have a phenomenal camp experience regardless of their gender, age or athletic ability.
Saken Sports Camp focuses on building character and emphasizes playing with pride, playing with honor and playing for fun. Our goal is to ensure that each camper has an unforgettable experience participating in various sports, games and activities in a safe environment. When a camper leaves SSC, he or she will possess an enhanced value of sportsmanship, character and self-confidence.
Saken Sports Camp History
Saken Sports Camp was founded 23 years ago by Coach Rio Saken. Since it began, SSC has been one of LA’s premier sports camps, catering to campers ages 4-13, where sports, games, and exciting activities fulfill each day. SSC is a family oriented sports camp where each camper is made to feel like coming to camp is her/his second home. SSC is one of the most comprehensive and inclusive sports programs in the city where core values such as honesty, respect, teamwork, self-esteem, confidence and excellent sportsmanship are promoted daily. You do not have to be a “great athlete” to love Saken Sports Camp.
Coach Rio Saken
As the director of SSC, Coach Rio Saken believes in a “hands on approach,” and is involved in all aspects of the program, greeting and working with children daily to insure their positive experience. His commitment to your child’s happiness is unparalleled in the coaching and camp communities.
A Los Angeles native, Coach Saken has been teaching and coaching at the elementary and middle school levels for over 25 years. He is currently coaching at the Curtis School in Los Angeles, where he has been for the past fourteen years. Coach Saken has led his teams – football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, track, swimming and soccer to over 20 championship titles in the San Fernando Valley Private School League, however, he will tell you his favorite aspect of coaching is not winning championships but helping to build character in athletes through teaching them respect, compassion, kindness, and honesty towards their teammates as well as their opponents. Coach Saken is thrilled to have so many of his former students come back to camp to be counselors and coaches.
The staff at SSC are respected, well-trained and experienced teachers, coaches, athletes and college students in the community who have a passion for teaching children.
SSC Premiere Sports Clinics
During these weeks in addition to our very popular Traditional Sports Camp SSC offers campers Sports Specific Clinics / Camps to practice skills, build fundamentals, and improve confidence in a variety of sports. High-level Coaches will lead each clinic along with Coach Saken. Sports Specific Clinics/ Camps are geared for children in grades 3rd-7th.
Summer Awards at SSC include:
- Camper of the year
- Sportsperson of the year
- Camp “Toddy Award”
- Camper of the Week
- Camper of the Day
- Sportsmanship Award
- Special Recognition Award
SSC Sports Camps/ Clinics Philosophy
Saken Sports Camp is committed to providing each athlete with an enjoyable camp and learning experience. We understand that the primary reason young athletes participate in sports is to have fun while competing with each other. We believe every athlete matters and should be given the opportunity to learn and improve her/his knowledge and skills, and we will provide that opportunity. And we believe that while competing to win is important, the greater value lies in competing with honor, practicing good sportsmanship and being gracious in victory and defeat.
Saken Sports Camp Inc. is an independent program, and is not sanctioned, conducted, supervised or reviewed by the Curtis School. We are an independent program and must be considered individually based on our merits.