GRAFTON—With still four days left, the annual Grafton Bearcats Basketball Camp has already been a huge success.
A little more than 40 kids have been working on skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting, and camp coordinators Andrew Moore and Michael Johnson are already pleased with what they have seen so far.
“This is a great collaboration effort between myself and Michael,” said Moore, who is the Grafton Lady Cats’ head basketball coach. “His staff of coaches (Arthur Knight and Hartsel Keener) do an excellent job of working with the kids as do Becky Kittle and Kurtis Davis from our staff.”
Johnson, who is the head basketball coach for the boys’ varsity team at the high school, supported Moore’s positive outlook. “It was a good first day of camp. It’s always nice to give back to the youth of Taylor County. We have been doing this for 7 or 8 years now and it has always been a great success.”
I asked Moore to run me through not only a typical day at their camp but also their weekly schedule for those who might not be familiar with their summer camp format.
“On the first day of the camp we focused on the offensive fundamentals and on the second day we are going to be focusing on the defensive fundamentals,” Moore explained. “The third day we’ll try to finish up our daily competitions and add some games for them to play. This year we have four different age groups to help out with our numbers and the skill levels. Division 1 is for grades 6-8, Division 2 is for 4th and 5th graders, Division 3 is for 3rd graders, and Division 4 is for 1st and 2nd graders.”
When asked to describe those daily competitions, Moore added, “each day we have three competitions. Free throw, hot shot, and 1-on-1 competitions. On the final day we will hand out medals to the top finishers. We will also have a couple of other awards to hand out as well such as “heart and hustle” and the “most improved” award.
There are a lot of moving parts behind the scenes of a summer camp that the public doesn’t get to see and both coaches were quick to give thanks to the extra help they were provided.
“I enjoyed seeing the high school boys basketball players work with the young kids,” Johnson expressed. It’s great that everyone got to work with these young kids to help them improve.”
Moore also added to Johnson’s statements by showing appreciation to various businesses in the area. “I would like to thank Black Bear Customs for designing our shirts and getting them to us in a timely fashion. I would also like to thank our sponsor, Taylor County Health Center, for sponsoring the camp shirts.”
The camp will be held every day this week from 5:00pm-7:30pm in the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium at Grafton High School.