Registration is now open for the 3rd annual LETS Camps, which will once again be held at Jim Smiddy Arena this summer.The four-day event, which not only provides free basketball, but also life advice …
Registration is now open for the 3rd annual LETS Camps, which will once again be held at Jim Smiddy Arena this summer.
The four-day event, which not only provides free basketball, but also life advice for area youngsters, will be held July 16-19.
Sponsored by the Scott siblings Terry, Levi, Gloria and Alvin, all former Bradley Central athletic standouts, the special event has been a great success in its first two tries.
After drawing more than 70 participants the first time around, last year's numbers exceeded 100.
"The camp has a 'LETS' theme, which means "Life Education Through Sports,'" explains former NBA standout Alvin Scott, whose foundation helps to sponsor the camp. "We incorporate life skills and relate teamwork, responsibility and other instructions to help the kids.
"We wanted to start this in our hometown, because Cleveland has done so much for our family and our foundation."
"My vision when I retired from (NBA) basketball was, how can I give back to those who are not as fortunate as I was?" related the former Bear and Oral Roberts University star, who played eight years for the Phoenix Suns.
"Cleveland is our hometown. God has blessed us because of our foundation and the spiritual roots we got from growing up here. We want to use our abilities to help the children of the area not only in basketball, but in life as well," added older brother Terry, a 40-year high school hoops coach in Oklahoma.
Although none of them live here now, the tremendously talented Scott siblings, who were pioneers in Bradley County's racial integration in the 1960s, want to "give back to our hometown, of which we are so proud."
"We've got a lot of kids returning from last year's camp, and they're bringing their friends," Terry said.
Open to boys and girls ages 8-15, those wishing to participate can register at www.letscamps.com. For more information, go to the website or call (602) 702-9657.
The only other free summer sports camp already set is the 2019 Kay McDaniel Tennis Clinics, which will take place June 3-7 at Lee University.
Put on by McDaniel, a former Women's Professional Tennis player who played in the Wimbledon Championships, U.S. Open and French Open, the clinics are for boys and girls ages 6-13 of any skill level.
The girls' clinics will go from 8-10 a.m. daily, and the boys' clinics will run from 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Quick registration is recommended, as the first 350 entries have already been accepted. Register online at www.kaymcdanieltennisclinics.com.
Numerous other summer sports camps are available at a cost, including:
LEE PROSPECTS CAMPS
Lee University baseball will host two Summer Prospect Camps June 18-19 at Olympic Field. The price for the camps is $150 to work out at one position and $185 to work at two positions. The camp will be limited to 75 athletes in a session. Session one is June 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration will be at 8 a.m. Session two will be June 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., also with registration at 8 a.m. Sessions are identical, and prospects should only sign up for one session. Instructors at the camps include coaches from the University of Tennessee, Auburn University, Middle Tennessee State University, Kennesaw State University and Lee University. For more information, contact coach Mark Brew at (423) 614-8638.
Cleveland State baseball coach Mike Policastro will conduct three summer baseball camps. The Youth Skills Camp will be June 3-6 for ages 5-14. Camp hours will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Campers will participate in group instruction and participate in a game each day. The cost of the camp is $80 and includes a camp T-shirt. The Youth Pitcher/Catcher Camp will be held June 10-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. A Youth Hitting Camp will take place June 17-19 from 9-11:30 a.m. Both camps will be for ages 8–16. The camps will consist of advanced instruction on the fundamentals of pitching, catching and hitting. The cost is $60 per session, and includes a camp T-shirt. There is a $5 discount per camp registration if a participant registers for more than one of the camps. For registration information, contact Mike Policastro at (423) 478-6219, or visit http://www.cscougars.com/x/iuwc9. To register for one or more of the camps online visit http://www.cscougars.com/x/5rktt.
BEARETTES BASKETBALL CAMP
The 2019 state champion Bradley Central Bearettes will host their annual basketball camp May 29-31 at Jim Smiddy Arena. Open to ages 5-14, the daily sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Head coach Jason Reuter and his staff and players will instruct in basic game fundamentals. The cost of the camp is $55 for all three days or $45 for just two days. Registration will be held before the first day of the camp.
BUBBA SMITH SKILLS CAMP
The Bubba Smith Skills and Drills Camp will run June 10-13. The camp is recommended for boys ages 6-16 and will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Campers may register online at leeflamesbasketballcamps.com or by printing and filling out a brochure on the link.
The third annual Lee Men's Team Camp will run from June 13-15 and will feature teams that made appearances in the Tennessee and Georgia state basketball tournaments. There will be middle school, high school junior varsity and high school JV for various levels of competition. The camp will offer flexible scheduling, affordable fees and the opportunity to be evaluated by multiple college coaches. For more information or to register, contact Coach Stone at email@example.com or visit leeflamesbasketballcamps.com.
The Lee University Flames will host Elite Camp Aug. 10, 11. Elite Camp is a one-day session limited to the first 60 registrants with two sessions available. Top prospects from the region will be in attendance to be evaluated by our coaching staff. Elite Camp is offered to young men who are rising sophomores to rising seniors. Register online at leeflamesbasketballcamps.com.
CSCC MEN’S YOUTH CAMP
Cleveland State basketball coach Lee Cigliano, coach of the 2019 TCCAA and NJCAA Region 7 champions, will conduct a youth camp June 10-13 for ages 6-15. The camp will run from 9 a.m.-noon. Campers will participate in group instruction and games. The cost for the camp is $75 and includes a camp T-shirt. For registration information, contact Lee Cigliano at (423) 614-8706 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, go to http://www.cscougars.com/x/5rktt.
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