Posted by: sonewjersey | July 19, 2013

Camp Shriver Basketball Week

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Basketball Week Camp Shriver

Becca here, writing from the Camp Shriver Command Post.  Megan, Kate, Lisa, and myself have had a fabulous time watching our athletes develop their skills on the basketball court this week!  With the help of some Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball players from William Allen High School of Allentown, PA, our athletes were exposed to instruction to better understand the sport and to improve on their skills.  Leading our group of clinicians was Doug Snyder, head coach of the Allen High School basketball team.  His expertise was beyond helpful and his enthusiasm was infectious.  On top of basketball instruction came the real fun; playing unified basketball games.  Our basketball courts were electrified by the intense games that went on throughout the week.  As one athlete, Kevin, mentioned, “Basketball is awesome!”

Our fabulous group of counselors were impressed by the level of play that was shown on the court and were overjoyed to see athletes cheering each other on during games and instruction.  Not only are we in the camp office interested in teaching our athletes various sports, but we also are striving to build valuable and meaningful relationships between all present at Camp Shriver.  Matt, one of our athletes, noted that his favorite part about camp is being with a large group and meeting new friends.  These friendships also include our enthusiastic volunteers.  We had over 50 volunteers working with the athletes this week.  The connections that are made between athletes and volunteers are so exciting to witness!  One volunteer mentioned today that his favorite part about being a part of Camp Shriver is “seeing athletes’ faces light up when they are having fun.”

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Basketball Week Twilight Camp

An exciting new addition to Camp Shriver is our Twilight Camp that runs evenings Monday-Thursday.  This week we continued with basketball instruction and on our last day we ran a Twilight Tip-Off Classic Tournament.  We had six teams entered and our winning team was the Yellow SpongeBobs.  The gym was booming with excitement during each game, especially our championship game.

Basketball week was a success and campers left with big smiles on their faces, despite the heat wave that cramped our style a bit.  We hope the skills learned and the experiences that were had will be remembered and we look forward to another great week at Camp Shriver!  Stay tuned for more news to come from the Camp Shriver Command Post!

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