Camp about success on, off the court

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Greenville Middle School’s annual basketball camp is about more than 3-pointers and bounce passes.

It’s about teaching students to succeed both on and off the court.

According to Greenville Middle School girls’ head coach Karen Owens, the guiding principle of the camp, which is scheduled for June 25-28, is that success on the court can always be judged by how a player carries himself or herself, how he or she treats others and how hard he or she works.

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“During the camp, campers will get a speech about the importance of academics, team work and life skills throughout their athletic careers,” Owens said. “We teach our players about sportsmanship, teamwork, positive attitudes and respect.”

GMS boys’ head coach Gary Lett will also assist with the camp, which will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon each day.

The coaches will emphasize the importance of learning the basics in a variety of circumstances for players of all ages.

“Players will learn fundamentals through dribbling, passing, shooting and defensive instruction as well as through their application to game situations,” Owens said. “(Campers) will not only enjoy games and competition, but also receive fundamental instruction on how to be a better player.  It will be a great time of learning, growing and competition.”

Owens stressed the importance of community involvement to the success of their camp.

“In a small town, success with our children depends on everyone working together,” Owens said. “Participation in school sports can be a means for academic achievement and can help carry the student successfully to high school graduation and beyond.”

The camp will be held at GMS and is open to third through eighth grade students.

Lett will coach the boys from June 25-26 and Owens will pick up afterward with the girls from June 27-28.

The cost to attend the camp is $50.

For more information contact GMS at (334) 382-3450.