Camp Winaukee: A Young Man’s Paradise

This article was contributed by Moltonborough resident and USTA board member Sue Connolly. Got a tennis story you want told?  Contact us!

Camp Winaukee is a young man’s paradise.  It is a multi-sport camp that has been providing unparalleled sports instruction and youth character development in New Hampshire since 1920.  Winaukee is located on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee (Moultonboro, NH) and 400 boys (ages 7 to 16) attend Winaukee for either 7, 5 or 3 week sessions.  Campers come from throughout the USA and internationally. The camp has a staff of 170, the majority of whom are NCAA student-athletes.   You name the land/water sport and outdoor adventure pursuit, Camp Winaukee has it.  Tennis is one of our most popular activities!  The camp has 20 instructors, all of whom are current or former NCAA tennis student-athletes…the majority of these staff are from South America, Australia and Europe.  The head of tennis is Islam Ulhaq, who has been Winaukee’s tennis director since 1992.  Islam was a two-time NCAA Division II Tennis Champion at Hampton University, played professionally and was a member of the Pakistani Davis Cup Team. 

The camp has 18 lighted courts, half hard and har-tru.  The name of the game for tennis at Camp Winaukee is making it FUN for all levels of abilities, developing/fostering tennis skills, understanding the strategy of the game and learning to be a gentlemen no matter if you win or lose.  The camp strives to make its campers aware that tennis is a lifetime sport.  Campers include several nationally ranked juniors who opt out of summer tourneys or sports academies like IMG/Nike to come to Winaukee to play tennis and participate in our well-rounded program.  A camper at Winaukee comes as a young boy and leaves as a man with a love of sports and tremendous life skills.

About the Camp Director:  Jeff "Freedo" Freedman is from the Philadelphia area originally and attended Winaukee as a young man from ’73 to ’79.  He attended Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and competed in two sports intercollegiately (basketball and tennis).  He was an All-American as well as an Academic All-American.  He worked as an attorney for the NCAA in their enforcement division investigating major rules violations in football and basketball for 10 years before seeing the light and coming back to Winaukee to be the co-director with Bart Sobel.  "I have the best job in America…putting a smile on a boy and creating memories of a life time!" says Jeff.

To learn more about Camp Winaukee visit their web site at

www.winaukee.com