Archive for Thursday, June 29, 2006

BHS seniors teaching basics

June 29, 2006

Baldwin High School seniors Sam Scott and Blake Wieden killed two birds with one stone this week.

The two seniors finished the activity part of their senior projects by hosting a basketball camp for youth boys. The camp began Monday and will finish tonight.

"We wanted to hold a basketball camp and begin our senior projects," Wieden said. "So we decided to help out the program by teaching youth boys about the game of basketball."

Scott said the two of them worked together to think of the idea.

"Basketball is something I have always been passionate about," Scott said. "I wanted to do something for the community. So Blake and I put our heads together and it's turned out to be a good deal."

The camp began Monday night at Vinland Elementary School with eight campers. That number works well for Scott.

"We have eight boys there and that number is more than I expected," Scott said. "It's a good number, because we can give each player more attention individually."

The basic premise for the camp has been fundamentals and learning the basics of basketball. The main focuses for the first two nights were dribbling, passing and shooting form.

"It's been fun so far watching their abilities grow," Wieden said. "We are trying to teach them the basic fundamentals, along with good habits that will carry with them into high school."

Scott agreed with Wieden.

"It's been a lot of fun," Scott said. "The kids get to play games and have fun at the same time. We are trying to teach them stuff that will pay off for them later in life. It may not be fun now, but it will help down the road."

During the camp, some of the BHS coaches came to help out the seniors with instruction and teaching. Wieden said the coaches have been really beneficial to the camp.

"It's nice to have them there and it shows the coaches care about the future of basketball at BHS," Wieden said. "It also runs smoother with two adults being there to help."

When the camp finishes tonight, Scott and Wieden will have one major chunk of their senior projects done. That will make their senior year much easier and less stressful.

"It will be nice to be done, because I will be able to focus on other things during the school year," Scott said.

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