By Ted Waddell
LOCH SHELDRAKE April 26, 2002 Hey kids, ever dreamed of being a basketball star?
If so, the local community college may have just the ticket to launch your career as a high-fying hoopster.
This summer, the Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) will be hosting basketball camps for boys and girls, ages 7-17.
The Sullivan Generals Basketball Camps are committed to a philosophy of developing the fundamental skills of basketball and a broad-based understanding of the ebb and flow of the game.
The girls camp will be held July 15-19. Boys camp is scheduled for July 22-26.
Both camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants should bring a bag lunch.
The cost of the week-long camps is $95 per registrant, with additional family members added to the roster for $70 each. Those who register by July 1 will save $10 on the first campers fee.
Our goal is to lead campers to develop their own basic skills, SCCC Athletic Director Christopher DePew said. Fundamentals of passing, dribbling and shooting, as well as both individual and team offensive and defensive strategies will be covered by the Generals staff. The camp works to improve skills through individual instruction, drills, lectures and games.
The Generals basketball coaching staff brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the camps.
Chad Beeten, head coach of the SCCC mens basketball team (27-4 record during the 2001-2002 season), led the Generals to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XV title and the finals at SUNY Delhi this year. Beeten also serves as the local community colleges assistant athletic director.
Kyle Walter recently completed his first season as coach of the Lady Generals, sheparding the womens basketball team to a 7-10 record. Walter is a instructor in the colleges physical education/sports management program. He is also a certified referee on the high school and collegiate level.
DePew just wrapped up his fourth season with the Generals, and his first year at the helm of SCCCs athletic program. It is also his fourth season coaching at Generals summer basketball camps. Since his arrival at SCCC, the Generals have won a trio of Region XV crowns and twice finished second at the NJCAA chamionships.
Joining the Generals coaching staff at the upcoming summer basketball camps will be some of the areas finest coaches and players.
At the completion of each camp, participants will be given a detailed progress evaluation, along with specific drills geared to improve their individual skills development.
Each counselor will share with campers their personal drills, experiences and knowledge of the game, DePew explained. Every camper will go home with valuable basketball knowledge and countless memories of good times and warm friendships.
For more information about the Sullivan Generals Basketball Camps, call 434-5750, ext. 4294.