2014-06-12 / Sports

W-WPRD’s basketball camp extends to two weeks


FIRST WEEK CAMPERS at the W-WPRD Stars Summer Basketball Camp include (front row, l-r) Xavier Gartrell, Shamar Houston, Jaquaveon Callaway, SaNiya Harris, Rusch Goswick, Daven Turman, Tristan Cross, (second row) Dre’Vioun Davis, Lanaysia Crew, Maddox Hudson, Braylon Rogers, Jordan Acree, Shariq Meadows, Christopher Norman, (third row) Marvina Gaye, Jordan Mahoney, Matthew Thomson, Jarvik Zellars, Isabel Garcia, Asunti Porter, Caleb Miller, Markel Laguins, Zion Porter, (back) coaches Dwayne Hampton, Dominique Jenkins, Devon Lewis, Christian Keiser, and Jarvis Turner. FIRST WEEK CAMPERS at the W-WPRD Stars Summer Basketball Camp include (front row, l-r) Xavier Gartrell, Shamar Houston, Jaquaveon Callaway, SaNiya Harris, Rusch Goswick, Daven Turman, Tristan Cross, (second row) Dre’Vioun Davis, Lanaysia Crew, Maddox Hudson, Braylon Rogers, Jordan Acree, Shariq Meadows, Christopher Norman, (third row) Marvina Gaye, Jordan Mahoney, Matthew Thomson, Jarvik Zellars, Isabel Garcia, Asunti Porter, Caleb Miller, Markel Laguins, Zion Porter, (back) coaches Dwayne Hampton, Dominique Jenkins, Devon Lewis, Christian Keiser, and Jarvis Turner. The Starz basketball camp, hosted by the Washington Wilkes Parks and Recreation Department, began on June 3 for 26 kids ages 5-7 years old and was extended from one week to two weeks.

“The main objective of the camp is to teach young players the fundamentals of basketball,” W-WPRD Director Pete Gartrell said, “which consist of shooting, dribbling, and passing. In addition to these fundamentals, campers are also learning life values such as teamwork, discipline, hard work, and perseverance.”

The backbone of the camp is a great group of coaches with a wealth of basketball experience, he said. This year’s coaches include Jarvis Turner, Dwayne Hampton, Christian Keiser, Devon Lewis, and Dominique Jenkins. In the final week, campers will hold Parents’ Day on June 12, during which they will have a chance to showcase their new skills over the course of several scrimmage games for family and friends to enjoy. An after-practice lunch will round off the camp on Friday, June 13.

“This year’s camp has probably been the best thus far. Participation is way up and all the kids are very motivated to learn. I owe a lot of their progress to my camp coaches, who seem to really connect with these young players, and the parents, who make sure our campers are here on time every day,” Gartrell said.

Registration for the 8-10 and 11-13 year old camps, starting June 16 and 30, respectively, is still being taken at the recreation office.

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