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Basketball Camps Build Skills, Character

Penn State DuBois Men's Basketball Head Coach David Bennett demonstrates an exercise for youngsters in the KIC Basketball Camp, who are about to begin a drill.

6/17/2011 - Basketball camps for boys and girls at Penn State DuBois gave youngsters of all ages the chance to build their basic skills in the game, and offered lessons in sportsmanship.  


Offered in June as part of the Kids in College (KIC) and Art, Science, and Technology Institute Summer Youth Programs, the camps teach the fundamentals of the game, including ball handling, passing, defense, one-on-one moves, layups, and the basics of team play.  Penn State DuBois men's and women's basketball coaches run the camps, and even teach young players drills that they can use to practice at home.


"Once again, I was very happy with the turnout that we had at our annual summer basketball camps," said women's head coach Patrick Lewis.  "The area youth benefit from the camp by taking home useful basketball skills that will improve their chances of success on the court."  


Penn State DuBois basketball players from both the men's and women's teams also assist in the instruction of youngsters in the camps, and help to guide the activities.


"Not only do the students improve daily but, I believe, the coaches and our college players that are involved profit from working with the young players by being around the kids' enthusiasm and eagerness to learn the game," Lewis said. 


Nearly 100 children from first grade through ninth grade participated in this year's basketball camps.  


Summer Sports Camps are also offered for soccer and wrestling. For more information on the camps, or all summer youth programs, call Jeannine Hanes at (814) 375-4836 or email jhanes@psu.edu


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