GRAFTON— Often times, for athletes to be able to participate in extra trainings or attend advantageous sports camps they must travel to surrounding areas, but the Grafton High School Lady Bearcats Basketball team and their Head Coach Andrew Moore are on a mission to keep Taylor County athletes in house as much as possible, and in turn, build a better stronger program in the years to come.
Tradition Starts Here is the mantra carried out by the Lady Bearcats, as they work to share their passion with local athletes and provide opportunities for them to not only learn the sport, but excel at it, without ever leaving the county.
In an effort to fulfill their mission, the team will once again be hosting their annual Little Cats Basketball Camp.
Now in its third year, the event will focus on the fundamentals of the game, providing young ballers with the knowledge they need as they head into their respective youth league seasons.
The camp is open to both girls and boys in kindergarten through sixth grade and will run every Saturday morning from November 6 to November 27 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., in the Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium.
The cost to participate is $40, and each camper will be presented with an official event t-shirt, as well as a basketball at its conclusion. This year’s t-shirts have been sponsored by Lindsay Gray- Keystone Realty and Leonard’s Grill.
Throughout the duration of the camp, young, aspiring basketball players will be instructed by the Lady Bearcats themselves, under the guidance of the GHS coaching staff.
They will be taught basic instruction on how to play the game of basketball and will also work on the fundamental skills that are involved.
Moore shared that he likes to give his players some flexibility on the drills they chose to run for the different age groups so skills for each level of experience are being taught.
“We usually have a wide range of skill levels, and our girls do a great job adapting to them,” he noted.
And while this event may be focused around teaching the sport of basketball, participants are able to walk away with so much more, as each year, players grow a passion for the sports, build new friendships and make life-long memories. This is also a great opportunity for young athletes to learn a couple of the most important skills they could possess while playing a sport, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
“Tradition Starts Here: We continue to use this slogan because it does start at this young age,” Moore expressed. “We want to try to get kids interested in the game early and provide them with some instruction on how to play the game. And even more importantly, we would like for our athletes to play in and for Taylor County.”
“If we don’t supply these opportunities they will be forced to go elsewhere. We want to build our program here, and that starts with being involved in the development of our up-and-coming players,” he added.
And while Moore is hoping to grow the local programs, he said that it is their goal above all else for the kids to enjoy the camp, find their passion and want to continue practicing on their own.
Registration for the camp can be completed by searching “Little Cats Camp 2021” on Facebook or can also be done on the first day of the event.
For more information or question, please contact Coach Moore at 304-672-1850.