Jason Clark held his annual South Stokes basketball camp last week to nearly 60 boys and girls between the ages of six to 14 that covered four days of instruction.
“It’s simply about having fun,” Clark said. “It’s good to have a bunch of kids in here and watch them smile and laugh. We had a good turnout this year and we hope that each kid can take one thing away that they can do on their own at home. Our goals are simple each year; we want them to get better at the game of basketball and to enjoy it while they do it.”
The session covers fundamental work on shooting, dribbling, offensive and defensive drills, individual contests, and group and team games. Each camper received a T-shirt and a basketball.
“Our players that helped with the camp, run the drills and the different competitions we have,” Clark added. “After the first day, they draft their teams and coach them during the tournament games we do on the last day of camp. It’s fun to watch them run the kids through the drills we do during our practices. They have really taken ownership and I’m happy to see that.”
South Stokes will look to replace four starters from last season’s team that signed to play college basketball next year. The deep bench Clark developed last season will help them compete for the top half of the Northwest 1A Conference.
“We won’t have Ben (Bowen) to throw it to down low, Brady (Dudley) to knock down a three, or any of the other seniors that contributed in so many ways for our team,” Clark said. “We are a completely different team with a new makeup, but we’ll come ready to play every night.”
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