Annual Ingles basketball camp fast approaching


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:13 am on Friday, July 06, 2012

GREENVILLE — For the sixth consecutive summer, former professional and Greenville High School basketball star Zach Ingles will host his youth camp.

The camp runs July 16-20 at Greenville High School. Boys and girls entering first grade through ninth grade are eligible to participate.

As of now, roughly 40 kids have signed up. Walkups are welcome at the start of camp, as well.

“I probably have 40 or so kids signed up right now and that would be a pre- camp high,” Ingles said. “Last year, I had 90 kids total and 13 or 14 were signed up ahead of time. We expect a lot of walkups and encourage walkups.”

Ingles said he is expecting around the same number of campers.

“I’m just hoping for a good turnout and a group that wants to play basketball,” Ingles said.

Ingles, who has played professionally in Iceland, Slovakia, Argentina, Qatar, Mexico City and Lebanon, enjoys being able to run the camp and give back to the area basketball players.

“I just like being in the gym. There is nothing like being in the gym every day,” Ingles said. “The game is my passion. I went to Gary Fox’s camp when I was a kid and loved. I want to give back and hopefully the kids have the same experience and remember it the way I do.”

The camp will run 8 to 9:30 a.m. for first through fifth grades.

“We just try to get down to the basics and have fun,” Ingles said. “With the new hoops being able to be lowed, now the kids can see the ball go in the hoop instead of just dribbling and passing.

“Basically, it is an introduction to the game,” he added.

Grades six through nine will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We try to build on what they have. There will still be some introduction for some and this is fine,” Ingles said. “We will introduce the game, fix some things and we preach competition. Competing is one of the most important things. We want them to get better.”

The cost of the camp is $40 and includes a camp T-shirt and prizes.

For more information contact Ingles at zfor3@hotmail.com or by phone at (616) 835-7912.

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