Hoops & Hustle camp enters 27th year

Hoops & Hustle basketball camp goes Aug. 6-9 at Fulton Secondary.

They officially call it Hoops & Hustle, but it’s really Basketball School.

Campers have been learning fundamentals for 27 years from some of the best master teachers in the Pacific Northwest.

Hoops & Hustle goes Aug. 6-9 at Fulton Secondary and camp director Dale Olson is bringing back Aaron Anderson of the Gonzaga University Bulldogs as a guest coach for the third straight summer.

Anderson has been a Dawgs’ administration assistant for three years, helping Gonzaga earn three NCAA tournament berths, including its first-ever No. 1 seed and ranking for Division 1.

“One of his main duties is the co-ordination of film and video scouting,” said Olson. “His other main duty is overseeing the operation of the Gonzaga men’s basketball camps.”

A native of Pontiac, Ill., Anderson was an All-State honourable mention as a senior with Pontiac Township High before playing with the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Olson played for the University of Victoria Vikings under Ken Shields and has been at Fulton for 20 years, and involved in Hoops & Hustle for 26 years.

“The importance of going to basketball camp in the summer is enormous,” said Olson. “Basketball players are made in the off-season. We’ve had head coaches from several universities and the results have been phenomenal as many provincial-level players have emerged from this camp.”

Players going into Grades 4-7 will participate in the college camp from 8:30 a.m.-noon, while the older players train in the pro camp from 1-5 p.m. Campers receive a T-shirt and basketball.

Call Olson at 250-545-1348 (ext. 145) or 250-550-4105 (cell) to register.