by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Spark Photography

Are you looking for a way to keep your child active during the summers, improve their athletic skills or simply need a new birthday party idea? Master Sports could be just the place for you.

After opening in 1996 as a basketball clinic in the La Jolla area, the organization has grown to offer a wide variety of youth athletic classes, leagues, camps and special events to kids throughout the San Diego, South Bay and Temecula areas.

Founder Tedd Ekeroth, who obtained a degree from SDSU in Business Management, and Founder Dan Ekeroth, who obtained a degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in Physical Education, is one of the main reasons Master Sports is unique from others in the industry. “By offering different programs with different levels of commitment, Master Sports is able to accommodate the needs of individual athletes,” said Dan.

One of Master Sports’ main objectives is to offer programs that are both educational and skill enhancing. “Our sport classes focus on the development of skills and knowledge associated with different sports, including soccer, basketball, baseball and volleyball – to name a few,” said Dan. “Our recreational and semi-competitive basketball, flag football and t-ball leagues create competitive environments that allow these athletes to put their skills to work.”

Classes (running eight weeks each) are offered year round to kids ages two to fourteen, while the leagues are available to kids ages four to seventeen.

Although Master Sports has worked hard to create an environment where kids can challenge themselves, it is most important to the organization that they have fun as well, which builds a lifelong love of sports. To that end, Master Sports also offers full and half day vacation camps as well as special events. “Our camps and special events are geared towards having fun through the incorporation of sports and sporting activities,” added Dan.

If it’s extreme sports that interest you, the “G14 Laser Tag” and “Xtreme Dodgeball” programs have become a customer favorite and are also available for birthday parties.

“Whether it is a basketball league or laser tag birthday party,” said Dan, “the kids involved in our programs can’t wait to come back.”