July 16, 2009
Danny P Smith -
STARKVILLE -- A youth basketball camp was so successful in June at the Starkville Sportsplex that the organizers will try it again this month.
After 18 children participated in the camp last month, girls director Juliette Weaver-Reese will get the basketballs bouncing again next week after receiving positive feedback. This time she will include the boys with the help of director Richard Hill.
"We did a lot of life skills and individual training," Weaver-Reese said. "The moms and kids were absolutely blessed by it."
The camps will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday for girls ages 8-18 and boys ages 7-15.
Registration for the camp will be from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the multi-purpose building at the Sportsplex. The registration fee is $35 for boys and $30 for girls.
"We''re trying to make the camp affordable to all girls who have any type of interest in sports so they can learn the fundamentals and can build on them," Weaver-Reese said. "It''s fundamentals first, and we''ve adopted that as our little slogan."
Weaver-Reese graduated from Starkville High School in 1981 and played for coach Glenn Schmidt. She also played at Southern Mississippi from 1981-85.
Weaver-Reese hopes Schmidt will be able to participate at this month''s camp. Schmidt had a prior commitment last month and couldn''t attend.
Other former Starkville High players are scheduled to assist.
The camps will emphasize shooting techniques and concepts, ballhandling drills, passing techniques, offensive and defensive footwork, and rebounding technique.