By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
After last year’s successful showing, the basketball coaches at LHS held their 3rd Annual Wildcat Basketball Camp from May 27-31 on campus.
The camp featured boy and girl athletes entering 1st through 7th grades. Over 40 children participated in the weeklong event. LHS boys’ and girls’ Head Basketball Coach Hilute Hudson served as the camp director for the event. Hudson has been a critical part in the camp’s success over the past few years.
Assisting this year with Hudson was Jackie Lane and Steve Hampton. Helping to run drills for the boys this year was Robert Finch, Jamere Eichelberger, Terry Carter, Derek Griffin, Hill Smith, Taj Ford, and Tyren Jackson.
Assisting the girls this year was Diamond Young, Lynn Kirk, Miriah Ford, Brooklyn Hill, NeNe Davis, and Brittney Coleman.
The camp was designed to be an instructional camp with a strong emphasis on the proper development of individual fundamental skills and overall game knowledge. Some points of emphasis that were concentrated on were motivation and goal setting, shooting & passing, ball-handling, individual offensive moves, defensive concepts, rebounding and footwork drills, and total player development.
Hudson teaches these lessons using fun but constructive activities specific to an emphasis. “First and foremost I want the camp to be fun for kids,” Hudson said. “I want the kids to learn the fundamentals of basketball especially pertaining to ball handling, shooting, and rebounding.”
The camp gave the young children who have hopes of being athletes the chance to sharpen their skills, while getting the benefit of playing a sport that is fun and beneficial to their health.
“Overall I think the camp turned out to be a success, the kids seemed to have enjoyed themselves,” Hudson said. “Our attendance grew to 42 kids during the camp.”
Hudson hopes that the lessons and skills that these children learn will benefit them in their varsity or junior varsity careers.
The camp staff would like to thank all the parents who let their children participate in this event, as well as all others who help make it possible.