Kids of all ages from around the county attended the popular East Coast Basketball Day camps, camps coach Dan Spainhour has been directing for the past 28 years.
“We want to make sure we give them something to take home and use to get better. That’s why we give them a workout plan at the end of the camp. We tell our kids and parents, if they will go back and use what we teach them, they will get better,” Spainhour said. “Our talk today was about how we want them to do ordinary things, extraordinarily well. Basketball is not rocket science and a lot of times they’ll focus on extraordinary things without doing the ordinary things.”
As the head basketball coach at West Stokes, Spainhour has led his teams to state playoffs 11 times and has collected more than 500 victories in his career. He coached at Florida State University and at the University of Miami. He was selected to speak at the North Carolina High School Coaches clinic, one of only two coaches to receive the honor.
Spainhour uses his knowledge of the sport to encourage young players to work on the fundamentals of basketball. The camps provide stations, skills contests, drills, three-on-three games, opportunities to set camp records in multiple events and time with an inspirational speaker. Afternoons are capped off with shooting contests and league games.
“Our goal is to provide every camper, within a fun-filled atmosphere, the basics necessary to play basketball. Every camper will be shown what to practice and more importantly, how to practice. Everyone will receive plenty of individual attention and we want each camper to be a better player when the week is over,” the coach said.
Current varsity team members and coaching staff along with former players return to West Stokes to help Spainhour instruct the camp. Alumni Tanner Lomax, Taylor Rhodes, Gavin Parker, Noah Spainhour, and John Brooke worked with campers at individual stations alongside coaches Dillon Bobbitt, Tyler Bentley, Robby Horton and Forrest Munden.
“It’s been great week. The campers and our staff have been very enthusiastic,” said Spainhour.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.