Our Team


The staff at Spirit strives to develop the positive and healthy qualities in each camper through her participation in sports. We help girls identify and define their personal best, and then work with them to perform at that level - whatever it may be.
Margie Farber

Margie Anderson

Founder
Margie Anderson founded Spirit Sports Camp over 25 years ago while a member of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Team, and the head coach of the University of New Hampshire’s Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse Teams. She is passionate about sports, and has a genuine love for children that make her a natural at directing a sports camp for today’s youth.

Margie spent years teaching math and English to elementary and middle school students, and continues coaching youth sports today. Being an educator by degree, Spirit is designed to develop the whole person including 21st Century Skills...

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As a member of the United States Women’s Lacrosse Team, Margie played in two World Cup Tournaments, finishing the first as the tournament’s leading scorer, and scoring the winning goal in an overtime, sudden-death victory to win the Gold Medal in the second. While a student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts, Margie led both the national contending Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse Teams in goal scoring, was team captain, and capped off her college career with an NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Title.

From beginners through collegiate athletes Margie has coached one successful team after another. While under her regime, both the Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse Teams at the University of New Hampshire won the ECAC title and competed in several NCAA Tournaments. She is a member of several athletic Halls of Fame, and in 2016 was inducted into the United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Margie lives in Ohio with her husband, John, and their five children where she spends most of her time preparing for the upcoming summer season of Spirit Sports Camp. She occasionally works in the classroom as a substitute teacher, speaks with children of all ages about her philosophy of teamwork, collaboration and respect, and coaches middle and high school lacrosse.

Christine Walkowicz

Christine lives in New York City where she is principal of Harlem Village Academies West Middle School.

In 2011, she graduated from Providence College with a dual degree in Health Policy and Public Service. Christine joined Teach for America (a teaching program that trains teachers and sends them to high need areas) and held her first teaching job in New Orleans where she also coached middle school girls’ volleyball, track and basketball. Christine has a Master's in the Art of Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.

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As a camper, Christine spent her childhood summers at Spirit. Fortunately, with a career in teaching, Christine continues to spend her summers at Spirit where she inspires children to be the best they can be and to challenge themselves both on and off the field. Christine is instrumental with our goal setting program as she works with our staff to implement a personalized method of achieving across the board.

Grace Walkowicz

Grace Walkowicz lives in Beverly, Massachusetts, and teaches Algebra II to high school students while also studying for her Masters degree in Special Education Services through Simmons College. Grace grew up in Western Massachusetts and graduated from Amherst High School, where she was a tri-athlete who excelled in field hockey.

She attended Stonehill College, where she played on the Ultimate Frisbee Team. Grace graduated in 2012 with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Gender Studies.

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Throughout her life, Grace has been involved with coaching, and is committed to building self-esteem in young women through sport. Grace has been a member of Spirit Sports Camp's coaching staff for many years. As head field hockey coach, she has helped student-athletes reach their potential with individual goal setting and skill development. Many of her players have advanced to compete on college teams including several Division I schools.

With her personality, energy and creativity, Grace consistently leads campers and coaches on a fun-filled, action-packed summer adventure with a wide variety of activities at Spirit Sports Camp.

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Courtney Farber

Courtney graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is currently a Residential Instructor and Assistant School Nurse at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. Courtney played volleyball and was a competitive dancer in high school where she also held a variety of leadership roles.

At Spirit Sports Camp Courtney brings her creative ideas into the dorms promoting a fun-loving, family-like community. She organizes engaging activities and promotes an atmosphere of bonding, support and positive thinking. Courtney also looks after our campers in the role of Camp Nurse where she brings to life her genuine care for others.

Courtney was born (literally) and raised at Spirit Sports Camp and naturally shares all the attributes of being a good person with everyone she meets. She takes the life lessons learned at camp to heart and shares them with others in all aspects of her own life.


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Marion Kish

Marion lives in Wallingford, CT where she is the head volleyball coach at North Branford High school, JV softball coach at Lyman Hall High school, front desk coordinator at 3ECrossfit, and founder of a Volleyball Club in Central Connecticut called Elevation Volleyball Academy. Marion participates in many adult leagues including indoor, grass, and beach volleyball, slow pitch softball for women & co-ed as well as women's fast pitch and co-ed football.

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In addition, Marion is very involved in the local Park & Rec league for 5-14 year old girls, was a youth sports instructor at the Wallingford YMCA and a physical education teacher at Holy Trinity School.

Marion was a 3-sport athlete in High School, playing Volleyball, Basketball and Softball and a four-year starter on the volleyball team at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. A standout athlete, Marion was nationally ranked in the top ten for her serving ability for three years. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Business concentrated in Sports Management and a minor in Small business. She is IMPACT certified, CAPT I certified & GMS.

Melissa Kerle

Melissa Kerle brings her energy, creative ideas and genuine love for children to life with our day camp families. She is a Kindergarten/1st Grade Teacher in Charlton MA. Melissa is a Boston University graduate of Early Childhood Education and holds a Master’s degree in Moderate Special Education from Bay Path University.

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An avid runner, Melissa has run in 8 marathons and 22 half marathons. She also spends time perfecting her golf game whenever possible.

Spirit Staff Members
SPIRIT is committed to quality when it comes to its coaching staff. Our staff is comprised of talented athletes, superior role models, and people who are devoted to enhancing the lives of children. SPIRIT coaches include high school athletes and coaches as well as current collegiate students from colleges including:

  • • Ohio State University
  • • Milliken University
  • • Providence College
  • • Stonehill
  • • Syracuse University
  • • University of Cincinnati
  • • University of Delaware
  • • University of Massachusetts
  • • Xavier
  • Denison University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • George Mason University
  • Cornell University
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Trinity University
  • Muhlenberg University

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Summer Home
Spirit Sports Camp
Ethel Walker School
230 Bushy Hill Rd
Simsbury, CT 06070



Off Season Home
Spirit Sports Camp
Margie Anderson
2222 Charles Lane
Akron, OH 44333
Tel: 330-576-6117