About the Academy

Learn about the thinking behind the program

For decades, researchers and child-development experts have touted the benefits of sports and camps. Google it. You'll find pages and pages detailing the kind of kids they produce.

  • Young athletes have lower stress and anxiety.
  • They're higher academic achievers.
  • They're healthier.
  • Camp kids have unique interests.
  • They’re more confident.
  • They’re less likely to give in to peer pressure.
  • The list goes on and on.

What if you could combine them to create a program that brings the structure, teamwork, and goals of sports together with the self-discovery, confidence, and positivity forged at summer camp? What if you made it year-round, with both in-person experiences and virtual app engagement? What if it lasted three years? This is the thinking behind Connor Kids Academy.

Our high-quality, one-of-a-kind model uses sports as the forum for impacting participants on the court, in the classroom, and in life. We follow up on our summer event — a new take on the traditional sports camp concept — with multiple touchpoints throughout the year and a custom-made interactive app. Our curriculum is focused on healthy habits and good choices.

We plan to spread this innovative model across the nation, with up to 10 total locations by 2027.


What We Offer

A 1000-day journey where our participants are our biggest priority

  • All-Year Attention

    We're by your side all year at events and on our app

  • In-person Events

    A total of 100 hours of in-person programs in summer, spring, and fall

  • Friendships

    Kids just like you, from all over the city

  • Exclusive app

    Earn rewards for engaging on our custom app, updated daily

  • Healthy Habits

    Start new habits, kick bad habits, and learn to hold yourself accountable

  • Reward & Recognition

    Your efforts and achievements get noticed

  • No Cost

    We cover programming, uniforms, meals, and more

  • Good Choices

    Develop the skills and confidence to make tough decisions

  • Goal-Setting

    Know what you're working toward and push yourself further


We can't do it alone.


The Connor Group Kids & Community Partners is the non-profit arm of The Connor Group, a Dayton-based real estate investment firm that has grown from $0 to $4 billion in assets in nearly 30 years and established itself as a top workplace locally and nationally. Its non-profit work began a decade ago – an endeavor that started as a foundation and evolved into a non-profit activist investor group.


Founded in 1999, ProCamps® is a best-in-class event management and sports marketing company specializing in developing, managing, and operating camps, appearances, brand activations, and related experiences for professional athletes and coaches in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, PGA, ATP, NCAA, NASCAR, WPSL, MLL and NFHL. ProCamps helps Fortune 500 brands activate and execute more than 175 events across the country to effectively deliver brand messaging to thousands of parents, kids, and coaches via retail promotions, TV/radio/print, social media, and on-site activations. Furthermore, ProCamps has provided camp scholarships to over 30,000 youth in need through Kids2Camp, the charitable arm of ProCamps.

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