BELDING — Kids in the area who are looking to fine-tune their basketball skills, or simply enjoy a few days of shooting hoops for fun, can look no further than the Belding Basketball Academy camp, which is quickly approaching next week.
Starting Monday July 23 and lasting through Thursday July 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., students in fourth grade though eighth grade can attend the free four-day basketball camp at Belding Middle School.
According to Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver, who is running the annual camp, each day at the camp will offer drills, scrimmages and contests, including free-throw and three-point competitions.
“It’s going to be a real fun week,” Zuver said. “This is a fun way for everybody to get together and work on their basketball skills. A lot of different people from the area, including many area coaches and former players, are scheduled to come to this camp and help out.”
Zuver said he has had as many as 60 to 70 kids attend the camp in the past and is encouraging kids from outside of Belding to attend the camp as well.
“We start each day with some group activities,” he said. “There will be six different fundamental stations where students participate for 20-25 minutes each. After lunch, students will listen to a guest speaker.”
Zuver said in years past, guest speakers have included various area head coaches, former college coaches and players.
Parents and guardians can sign students up for the camp by contacting Zuver at (616) 794-4955 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Just make it before 9 a.m. on Monday to check in and register and you will be good to go,” he said.
Zuver said the choice to make the camp free is to help encourage students who may not otherwise be able to attend a camp and provide them with an opportunity to play basketball for a week in the summer.
“There’s a lot of families around that have a tough time paying for camps,” he said. “Students just need to bring a sack lunch, basketball shoes, T-shirt and shorts and a great attitude and they will be good to go.”
Zuver said experience is not a factor if looking to attend the camp and said he and his staff will work with anyone who is willing to come to the camp looking to have fun.
“That’s what summertime and camps are for, to get some experience,” he said. “Whether it’s someone who has played a lot or is just learning to dribble a basketball, the skill level doesn’t matter, we’re going to push you to get better.”