If smiles were any indication, South Stokes annual basketball camp for ages 5-13 was another wild success.
“It’s gone well,” said Sauras basketball coach Jason Clark. “Our numbers have gone up and down each day, but I’ve been pleased with how many we’ve had. We’ve had a good time and I think they’ve had a lot of fun.”
The four-day camp focused on fundamentals and broke skills down into passing, dribbling, shooting and offense and defense.
“I have my high school kids coaching and teaching a lot so they’re growing as young men and women as well. I want the counselors to interact because the young ones love to be around them and they’ve done a great job. I’m surprised at this age they keep coming back and enjoy it. I never hear them complain.”
Clark said watching the teenagers step up, many of them out of their comfort zones, will help develop leaders within the high school program.
Along with teaching basketball skills, Clark took time each day to speak with campers about their character. Monday he delved into sportsmanship, Tuesday creating a strong work ethic, and Wednesday how to be responsible as an individual and collectively.
“A lot of it was tied into character and reputation. What your reputation says about you and the character you have is who you actually are. We talk a lot about how you are with your parents, school, and outside of school. Basketball is such a small part of their life. I want them to be good kids.”
Clark hopes the campers leave with a better understanding of the sport and a new love for the game. He said it’s been encouraging to see growth from many of the kids since last year’s summer camp.
“In order to be a good player you don’t have to quit other things, but you’ve got to shoot a lot. We have a lot of competitive kids out here and I can tell they’ve been practicing. Basketball is a unique sport that you can put the work in on your own or with a team.”
Rising senior Tre Scales helped with the Sauras basketball camp for the third year in a row.
“I just like seeing the kids have fun, laughing and getting to know each other. I think it helps them a lot. You can tell they look up to us and it’s great to show them some of the things we’ve learned over the years.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.