Belding to host parent/child hoops camp

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:02 am on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BELDING — The Belding Basketball Academy has been a week long camp for area youths the past few years.

This year, camp director and Belding High School principal Brett Zuver is trying something different with the Belding Family Basketball Academy. This camp is a one day only camp that will feature kids along with their parents.

The free camp will run Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Belding High School. The camp is open to area (not just Belding) kids from fourth through 12th grades.

“I was trying to think of a way to get as many parents involved with their kids as possible,” Zuver said. “The neat thing about this camp is the student/player has to have a parent come and participate with them.”

For the parent, that means more than just dropping their child off at the door or even watching from the bleachers.

“Whether it’s mom or dad, they get to come and go through the drills, interact with their kid all day long,” Zuver said. “The parent can coach too, they get an opportunity to learn a little more about the game and they get to spend some time with their kid.”

Zuver has done this type of camp in the past, but this will be the first time at Belding.

“I’m hoping it goes well and has a good turnout,” he said. ‘It should be fun.”

There will be a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their own lunches or they are free to go out to eat for the hour.

The camp staff will consist of Belding basketball coaches, area high school coaches, college players and some former college coaches.

The camp will focus on fundamentals.

“We will work on a lot of fundamentals,” Zuver said. “That way too, after camp mom or dad can help their child at home with some of the skills.”

For more information contact Zuver at (616) 794-4955 or

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