July 1, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. - Nearly 100 boys and girls between the ages of six and 14 attended the Washington State University Men's Basketball Day Camp on the Pullman campus, which began Monday, June 17 and wrapped up Thursday, June 20.
"Day Camp continues to be a great place for kids in the community," WSU Head Coach Ken Bone said. "It's been a cool deal to see some of these kids grow as players and people over five years. When I first arrived here there were some of the kids that were 7 and 8 years old that are now 12 or 13 years old and they're excited about how much they've improved. They'll come up and ask questions and try to show me what they've improved on. It's been fun."
The camp, which was held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily consisted of instruction by WSU Basketball staff and student-athletes, group competitions and games. This year marked the second-straight year of nearly 100 campers, surpassing the 85 campers from 2011.
"My favorite thing is just hanging around the kids, kids are fun," rising-junior DaVonté Lacy said. "They bring enjoyment into this life. They bring a different aspect and it's just fun to be around them. Kids tell you how it is and it's funny. That's the biggest part of camp for me, the kids just teach you how to have fun."
The kids had different reasons for attending camp and enjoyed different aspects of the four-day camp.
"I came to camp because I love playing basketball and learning the sport," camper Kelsi said.
"I came to camp because I wanted to get ready for Hoopfest and improve on my basketball skills," fellow camper Hailey added.
"I liked scrimmaging and five on five," camper Derek said. "The camp just looked fun and I got to meet some of the Cougar basketball players, so that's why I wanted to come."
The Cougars' Day Camp is one of three summer camps held by the men's basketball program. Each year the program also holds its Elite Camp and Team Camp, which includes teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
"My favorite part of camp is just being able to work with kids," rising-junior Royce Woolridge said. "It's fun to watch the kids have a fun time and we love giving back to the community. It's just a good feeling helping kids out."