2017-2018 Sports Camp Staff

Please see the bottom of this column if interested in joining us!

Director:  Norm Friedman 

Norm has been working with children in the East Bay for nearly 30 years, creating and directing programs, and personally teaching a wide variety of sports, chess, and cartooning classes.  His first program in El Cerrito was a weekend baseball session held at Cerrito Vista Park 25 years ago in September,1992.

All programs, from the summer of 1989 to the present, have been strictly non-competitive and co-ed.

Affiliations over the years:

  • Approximately 30 East Bay Elementary Schools
  • El Cerrito Community Center
  • Piedmont Community Center
  • Albany Community Center
  • Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center


Assistant Director:  Joel Gildersleeve 

Joel has been a teacher in the Albany Unified School District for the past thirteen years.  He can be found at the Cornell School. 

Joel, became Assistant Director two years after joining us.  This will the 20th consectuive summer camp for Joel and Norm.  Not bad!

During the summer, Joel is there to greet your kids in the early morning, and say good-bye in the late afternoon.

Joel is our head coach on Sundays.  His specialty is coordinating the soccer and baseball sessions for our 4-5 year olds.




Katy Miyamura

Between semesters at Long Beach College, Katy has experience in basketball, volleyball, and dance.  First summer with us.


Madeleine Bonilla

Maddy is an experienced soccer player, and is joining us for the first time this summer.  Welcome!


Taiyo Keilin

Summer Camp 2017 was Taiyo's first experience with us.  After a solid performance last year, Taiyo's presence will be most welcome again this summer.  His specialty is baseball.

Henry Lindsay

Not too long ago a summer camper himself,  Henry was our C.I.T. extroadinaire in 2015.  He became a full fledged counselor the following summer. 

2018 will be his 4th consecutive summer camp with us. 


Sofia Lindsay

Like her brother Henry (see above), Sofia was a camper herself a few years ago.   As a CIT in 2017, Sofia was absolutely terrific, especially with the younger chidren.  She becomes a regular counselors this summer.


Ian Ruth

Ian and his sister attended our camps for many years.  Does anyone sense a pattern here?  A CIT in 2017, Ian will be a counselor in the 2018 summer camp, and a most welcome addition to our regular staff.


Surangana Joshi

Returning for a second summer, Surangana usually watches over our younest campers.  Welcome back!  Her best friend, Tenzin, joins us.

Tenzin Youedon

Graduating class president at El Cerrito High, Tenzin will be counted on to provide some solid supervision in this, her first summer with us.


Volunteers this summer:

Zephyr Wu-Zucker
Gabriel Oliver-Polski

Brinda Archarya

It's no surprise that all of the above are former campers!  It seems that our  Sports Camp is fun to be around even after you outgrow it!

Special Volunteer:

Rahul Shrestha

An exchange student from Nepal, Rahul is here for the summer visiting family, which includes his cousin Surangana (see above).  He is presently between semesters at The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.  
Soccer is his specialty. 




2018 Sports Camp 

Summer Camp positions open:

CIT's:    Ages 14-15 eligible.

Counselors:   Experience preferred, but not mandatory.

Assistant to the Assistant Director:   1-2 openings for a  mature person with credentials.