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Coor sets up youth camps at Midcoast Athletic Center space

Cheering, basketball programs set for July sessions; more camps may be on horizon
By Mark Haskell | Jun 23, 2020
Photo by: Rachel Coor Rachel Coor.

Warren — Rachel Coor of Union said one of her lifelong dreams was to be in charge of her own sports facility.

That dream is closer to fruition after Coor recently established MAC283, LLC and is using the Midcoast Athletic Center — which closed its doors in April — to host a bevy of youth sports camps.

The facility is located on the corner of Route 1 and Short Street, across from Maritime Farms.

“I have created a new business and a new LLC,” said the 41-year-old Coor, who also is a Phoenix, Ariz. resident and graduated from Arizona State University with her Juris Doctor (law) in 2017. “I am using that space for the month of July to run youth sports camps. I don’t know for sure yet if this will be a permanent home. For right now, all we can offer is a month [of youth sports activities].”

Coor is a 1996 Medomak Valley High School graduate and also has a nursing degree from the University of Maine in Augusta.

She has a new Facebook page for the Midcoast Athletic Center, which currently is promoting youth sports camps for basketball and cheerleading for grades one through eight, while other potential camps are being explored.

The basketball and cheering camps, which vary between three and four days in length and are 90 minutes per session, are $50 per camp.

Coor said “there’s a lot of [Maine Principals’ Association] rules, but we want to make sure the coaches and kids are all being compliant with MPA guidelines.”

The MPA is the governing body for member high school varsity sports in the state.

“MPA has no jurisdiction over youth [sports] or small businesses,” said Coor. “I have my own youth sports company. It was created for the purposes of running youth sports clinics and instruction. I am a private business owner.”

Coor, who is an assistant cheer coach at MVHS, will run the cheer camp along with Megan Wright, while the basketball camps will be run by MVHS boys varsity coach Nick DePatsy.

High school-aged players are not permitted to assist with camps as the MPA has not sanctioned a summer season due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, thus, it would be considered out-of-season contact, which would be in violation of MPA rules.

She added she hopes to add more camps and programs in the future, such as tumbling and non-tackle football.

“If we can bring in qualified coaches to run the camps who won’t be violating the rules, we’ll consider all possibilities,” she said.

Coor added she hopes to continue to use the MAC past July, but that has not been finalized.

“We are fully insured,” said Coor, who has taken on the venture along with Brandi Collins of Gardiner, who is the assistant executive director of MAC283, LLC. “We’re implementing precautions because of COVID and all the programs are $50 per session. And registration will begin on Friday [June 26] online. Everything will be done online and the link to that will be posted on our Facebook page Friday morning.”

Coor said, “The program is open to anyone in the Midcoast area” and “we’re hoping to draw from all towns.”

“We’re going to try very hard to make it [MAC] a more permanent home for local youth sports," she said.

The following is a breakdown of dates and times for scheduled camps:

Basketball Session 1: July 13-16:

Boys basketball, grades 3-4, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Boys basketball, grades 5-6, 11 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m.

Boys basketball, grades 7-8, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Basketball Session 2: July 20-23

Boys basketball, grades 3-4, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Boys basketball, grades 5-6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Boys basketball, grades 7-8, 1 to  2:30 p.m.

Basketball Session 3: July 27-30

Girls basketball, grades 3-5, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Girls basketball, grades 6-8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Cheerleading and Tumbling: July 20-22

Grades 1-4, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Grades 5-8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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