Our Staff

Ben Hempel


Camp Founder &



Ben Hempel is currently a physical education teacher at Cerro Villa Middle School. He graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Education. An athletic and academic scholarship took him to NMU to play Quarterback from 2005-2009. Upon graduation Ben moved to California to pursue his Masters Degree in Education while coaching football at the University of La Verne. It's always been his dream to develop a camp that gives kids the opportunity to excel both scholarly and athletically.

Mike Lee


Camp Consultant


Mike Lee has been a proud member of the Villa Park community for over 14 years. His passion of working with kids has stayed consistent within his journey.He's spent time as a head tennis coach, teacher, and currently is an administrator.  

Ashlie Hallenbeck


Camp Manager

Ashlie Hallenbeck is from Las Vegas and came to California to play softball at Chapman University where she was honored as an All-American Scholar Athlete.  The Panthers went to the World Series twice while she was a member of the team.  Since graduating with her Masters in Education, she's enjoyed time with her husband, Justin and her kids, Jack (8) and Haylie (6). She currently teaches PE and Science at CVMS.