In our previous post about the basketball camp in Camden, NJ we failed to mention why we were able to run the camp in the first place. I work for One on One Basketball in Maryland. I am the Regional Director. One on One Basketball has offices all throughout the USA, and I have decided to move to another city (probably Austin, TX) to start a new office. Instead of driving straight to Austin we came up with the idea for the Hoops and Hope Tour. We set up one day camps in different cities throughout the USA, all sponsored by One on One. We have partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s, and other organizations to run these camps. Camden, NJ was our first stop.
Our second stop was East Hamptons, NY. We partnered with The Hampton Country Day Camp and were set to run things on Tuesday, July 16th. On the 15th we biked from our campsite over to the camp. Dave Skolnik is the Camp Director, and he was our main contact. Upon arriving Dave greeted us with open arms and gave us a tour of the facilities. It’s a beautiful camp and the first thing we noticed was how well staffed it was. Dave told us if you include all staff it’s about a 3:1 staff:camper ratio. This is unheard of.
The next day we came to do the camp and met the head basketball guy Jake. Jake was a high school player and worked during the summer because he loves hoops, but mostly because the kids are so great.
And let me tell you, I understand why Jake loves to coach these kids. The kids in the Hamptons blew us away. They were enthusiastic, appreciative, and absolutely loved the game of basketball. We had an awesome day running drills, doing shooting contests, games, and of course, knockout. Even though I knocked out every kid in front of me, nobody complained it was “unfair” like at a lot of other camps I’ve been to. These kids were just excited to be on the court.
Some people might think it’s odd that we went from Camden, NJ to the Hamptons. Why would kids in the Hamptons need anything from us? We aren’t worried about things like that. We just want to run these camps, have fun, and give back to kids wherever we can. And the kids in the Hamptons could not have been more deserving. With an awesome staff led by Dave, they have done an amazing job instilling important values in each and every one of them through a little acronym called STARFISH. STARFISH stands for: Sportsmanship, Tolerance, Appreciation, Respect, Friendship, Integrity, Sensitivity, Helpfulness.
All of these values were on hand in one way or another and we were so inspired to be a part of it.
Next stop on the Hoops and Hope Tour will be in the Bronx, NY Thursday July 18th.
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