A camp was the perfect place for Carly Haring to offer her expertise to local athletes. Making some extra scratch was an added bonus.
The University of South Dakota and former Mitchell standout high jumper hosted her first camp Wednesday at Joe Quintal Field, with roughly 25 attendees, some of which came from Clear Lake, Miller and Iowa.
Haring and Mitchell jumps coach Deb Thill held the camp, which came about in a week’s time and would not have been possible a month ago. But the NCAA announced athletes could now profit off their name, image and likeness on July 1.
So, Haring was able to provide knowledge learned through her years with the Kernel and first two years at South Dakota with a fee of $35 per athlete. Haring acknowledged some parents of local high jumpers reached out to her parents about helping and now that she is able to do so, she hopes it will become a yearly event.
“It’s something I never thought about doing, but I always thought it would be fun to work with kids and teach them about the sport that I love,” Haring said. “It was kind of a pain not being able to associate my name with doing that, but now that I can, I’m thrilled and I hope we can make this annual thing for a few years.”
The camp comes on the heels of a stellar season for the Coyotes for the three-time South Dakota Class AA state champion, qualifying for the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships, while winning the Summit League championship during the outdoor season and reaching the NCAA West Preliminary.
Thill also coached four Mitchell high jumpers to the state meet — including Haring’s younger sister Halle — this year and she thinks that success helped build a strong first showing despite coming up with the camp on short notice.
“Having a lot of success recently helps and shows I know what I’m talking about,” Haring said. “Hopefully I can share the things I’ve learned recently and over time. Then younger kids can maybe have success later on in their careers.”
The NCAA has asked Congress to aid in creating NIL parameters with a federal law, but it appears more likely that it will be regulated on a per-state basis. Twenty-eight states have passed NIL laws already, with three more prepared to do so in the future.
South Dakota, however, is not one of those states, although Sen. John Thune (R-SD) took part in a hearing on the matter as part of the Senate Commerce Committee on June 9. Meanwhile, USD volleyball player Brooklyn Bollweg was the first South Dakota athlete to ink an endorsement deal, signing with Silverstar Car Wash in Sioux Falls on July 3.
Many states have passed laws prohibiting athletes from promoting products like tobacco, e-cigarettes or steroids, but camps — long used as major money-makers for colleges and high schools — are likely to become a new cash cow for college athletes.
“I think you’re going to get some higher-level Division I athletes, like Carly, being able to come back to their hometowns to help with camps,” said Thill, whose brother proposed the idea following the NIL ruling. “Whatever sport it is, having those athletes come back and those kids that have looked up to them for years can now learn from them as well.”
While one may not have to search long to find a quality basketball or football camp nearby, track and field camps are less prevalent, particularly one specializing in an event like high jump. Anna Coffee’s coach in Hinton, Iowa, lives in Vermillion and often uses Haring as an example during practices, so making the 160-mile drive was a no-brainer.
“I know that she’s super good,” said Coffee, who placed sixth at the Iowa Class 2A state meet. “Me and my coach always talk about her. We watch her a lot and talk about her technique a lot. Coming out here is exciting to see what she does and how she does everything and getting input from her.”