Over 100 attend free Belding hoops camp

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:50 am on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Camp leader Brett Zuver, right, shows a shooting technique during the free basketball camp in Belding on Monday.

BELDING — Brett Zuver never had so many kids interested in basketball.

Zuver’s free basketball camp attracted 105 youths to Belding Middle school.

Zuver wasn’t sure how many years he’s had the camp.

“I honestly lose track,” he said. “It’s either our third or fourth summer.”

Zuver said the whole idea behind having a free camp is getting youths interested in basketball.

“There’s a lot of kids who don’t get an opportunity to come to a camp, especially if you have multiple children at multiple sports. That can add up quickly for just about anybody. So we thought this would be a great opportunity and with it being free we hoped as many kids could come take advantage of that as possible.”

The 105 players, which ranged from seventh grade to high school freshmen, is the highest turnout he’s had in the time the camp has been run by the Belding High School principal.

“It’s been very successful the past few summers,” he said. I don’t know why we got more this year. It’s really fun. We get a lot of great coaches and guest speakers.”

12 year old Ryan Wucher practices dribbling between his legs during the free basketball camp in Belding on Monday.

Some of the things the camp is teaching is not basketball-related, Zuver noted.

“Lots of different fundamentals and skills of basketball, but we also told them at the beginning of the day (Monday) not only do we want them to be better basketball players by the end of the week but better people, too. We talked a lot about different life skills, how to be good teammates and some leadership skills also.”

Zuver said he hopes the players take something from the camp.

“If they remember one thing from the camp then it will be worth it,” he said.

The camp continues at Belding Middle school all this week.

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