Hoop camps to start to start

Now that the teachers’ strike appears over, the Steve Nash youth basketball camp will hit the court for its sixth season in Vernon.

  • Sep. 19, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Now that the teachers’ strike appears over, the Steve Nash youth basketball camp will hit the court for its sixth season in Vernon.

The camp is a Basketball B.C. initiative that assists local coaches and volunteers in developing basketball skills for youth in the community.

Beginning with just a handful of coaches and participants five years ago, the program in Vernon has grown quickly into an organization with more than 30 coaches and 300 participants.

The clinics, taught in local elementary school gyms, offer fundamentals and skills of basketball in a structured and fun environment.

“Our season will start Oct. 3 and run until Nov. 21,” said program director Johnal Lee. “The cut off for registration is midnight, Sept. 26. We can sure use more volunteers to help coach.”

As a non-profit organization, all camp staff and administration are volunteers, which makes for affordable registration costs. Included in the fee are insurance, Basketball B.C. membership, Steve Nash reversible youth jersey, basketball, Gatorade squeeze bottle, medal and prizes.

Kids in kindergarten through Grade 5 will play co-ed hoops Fridays for $100. Grade  6-8 boys and girls will go Fridays for $125.

Register at www.vernonbasketball.com.