Sunday, July 19, 2015

Basketball stars on the rise at summer camps - By Stephanie Coffin

Summer has finally hit us. A time when school is out and the kids and sport coaches can enjoy some down time, or so we like to believe. Behind the scenes of the regular sports season, kids and coaches continue to strive to improve themselves and their teams while volunteering and participating in sporting camps. One such camp is girls basketball.

Varsity girls basketball coach Brody Artes hosts a week long summer camp where he recruits incoming third through eighth grade girls to spend time honing their skills. Adding a unique twist to this camp is that coach Artes has his current varsity squad members volunteer their time and talents to help. Though the girls will acquire community service hours for doing so, it is all about volunteering their time to kids that look up to them.

Incoming senior Sadie Nelson who has been volunteering her time each summer since her freshman year said, "I personally love working with the kids, I love being there and I wish I could've been there more each summer." However, due to Sadie's other commitments time doesn't allow it. Speaking with Sadie you can tell she feels that she is making a difference with the kids. Sadie will be closing in on her thousand point record this season.

 "I want to be a role model to them and I think it's good for the team and them to bond together and have them get to know us. I think the younger girls look up to all of us and I love being a part of everything. I love going to their games and practices it's my favorite thing!"

The girls practice basketball fundamentals, learn to play as a team, and see how the older girls volunteer their time. They enjoy getting to know the varsity team, which also helps awareness of the sport itself in the school season. More fans are coming to see the girls basketball team play. This camp is an inspiring camp all around for the girls and has created role models for the girls coming in behind them. This camp and these girls are also the last group to play on the current high school gym floor as remodeling begins for a new gym.

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