UNION COUNTY — The Union County Lady Jackets Basketball hosted a week-long basketball camp this week for 32 students in grades 3-10.
Coach Angela Burke said the camp grew from last year, and she hopes it will continue to grow each year. Burke went to each of the Union County middle schools and elementary schools to invite girls to participate in this year’s camp.
“We want to expand the program and get more girls interested in basketball,” Burke said. “Softball is real big in Union County, and so is cheerleading. I wanted basketball to be real big, also, and the only way to do that is get out in the community and start inviting kids to come in.”
The camp included drill stations including form shooting, layups, defense, passing, rebounding and ball handling. Participants also played games such as musical chairs (practicing defense and ball handling) and “hot shot” as well as relay drills such as the over-under drill, out-of-bounds drill, and loose-ball drill.
“They have had a ball!” Burke said. “They are learning skills and, at the same time, having fun.”
Counselors included Lady Jackets varsity players and former players who had graduated. Burke said she is very proud of the varsity girls for running their stations and being teachers to younger players, continuing their dedication to basketball throughout the entire year.