Written by Stephen Levine: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00
The camp was open to children of all skill levels, ranging from ages 5-18. The camp fee was $250, which included T-shirts, lunch, drawstring backpacks, contest prizes, as well as the valuable skills taught in the class.
Currently a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Green grew up on Long Island in North Babylon where he went to St. Mary’s High School. He played college ball at the University of North Carolina before he made it to NBA and decided to help aspiring players who grew up near where he did the basics of the game.
“It’s really exciting to have an NBA star here for the kids,” said camp counselor Joe Lynch. “It’s a rare opportunity for kids to learn from one of the players that plays in the greatest league in the world.”
The camp is broken up into age brackets and stations. Members of the same age remain together in the same age bracket and learn from different coaches the different skills to master in basketball.
“I’m really excited to host a camp in Floral Park and work with the kids of the Sewanhaka School District on improving their basketball game,” Green said. “I have friends in Floral Park and have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people from the town, and know how great of a place it is. There have been tremendous basketball players to come out of Floral Park and I hope I will be able to provide each camper with the skills and knowledge of the game to transform them to the basketball stars of tomorrow.”
The first group of stations that the campers had to go through consisted of speed, agility, and strength. Throughout these exercises, the coaches taught the campers, while also pushing them to try their hardest as they screamed out to their students, “push, push, push,” and “Nothing beats hard work.”
“We work really hard,” said 9-year-old camper Michael Rederseheid. “They work us really hard.”
After these stations, the campers were allowed a five-minute water break. Some of the more dedicated campers decided to start picking up the basketballs to prepare for their next group of stations.
The campers now had the opportunity to practice four of the most essential parts of the game of basketball. The four stations were divided into ball handling, defense, shooting, and coming off of a screen.
“If you watch NBATV or ESPN, this is what they are doing to work out,” Coach Danny Green Sr. told the campers. “This is what you need to do to get to the next level if that’s where you want to go.
Although the campers appeared tired after the long workouts, most seemed to understand that their hard work would eventually pay off.
“It’s awesome to be taught by an NBA player,” said 11-year old Sean Kilcarr. “It’s also good because he knows how to train us hard and make us better players.”
After a long week of running, push-ups, and basketball, campers were rewarded with the experience to learn from one of the best in the world. As long as they had a good time and learned a little more about the game of basketball then the camp accomplished its goals.
“We just want every kid to have as much fun as possible while learning the fundamentals of basketball and becoming a better player,” said Lynch.