It was a busy day for southern Wake County youth athletics on Dec. 15. Fuquay Varina Middle School and Lincoln Heights Elementary School were the hosts for the Fuquay Varina Athletic Association’s winter basketball camp.
Of the 509 4 to 15-year old boys and girls that registered for the FVAA’s winter league, 234 got a free clinic, which was run by Coach Robbie Laing’s Campbell Camels basketball team. The Middle Creek High School’s girls basketball team showed up in full force, helping out with the 4 to 6-year-old Lil Jammers developmental age group. More than 50 volunteers from both groups and FVAA volunteered their time for this event, which was greatly appreciated by the association’s parents and children.
The clinic focused on basic basketball skills, including dribbling, shooting and passing. Basic defensive skills also were covered, and special sessions on decision making and consequences were included in the three hour lessons. These lessons were led by Campbell Assistant Coach Ryan Ridder, with the younger age groups led by graduate Assistant Cole Dewey.
Coaches from FVAA also received training from Deon Curry, director of Basketball Operations. These sessions provided coaches with basic offensive and defensive sets, teaching and coaching methods for everything from basic skills to game management.
Specials guests included former NCSU and UNC athletes; they had opportunities to meet with the players, coaches and parents, and help promote the FVAA sports programs. Danny Strong, a former NCSU and professional player, who also coaches the program’s 9 and under travel team, was on hand to meet parents and promote upcoming weekly clinics.
These clinics, which will be held on Sundays starting in late January 2013, will be open to everyone, whether the player is an FVAA member or not. A portion of the proceeds will be used to help fund future FVAA basketball programs and teams. Coach Strong is going to be running an upcoming youth and family outreach program for the community as well.
This event was a great chance to see how FVAA was going to manage its program moving into the future. And the kids at the clinics had a blast, too.
The FVAA is a non-profit organization offering youth athletic programs for Wake, Johnston and Harnett County residents in 10 different sports. For more information about FVAA and its programs, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 919-552-5465. For more information about the basketball program and clinics, you can contact commissioner David Butts, by email to email@example.com.
For information on Campbell Camels basketball, visit http://www.gocamels.com/sports/mbkb/index. Information about their summer basketball camps can be found at http://www.gocamels.com/camps/mbasketball, or by calling 800-334-4111, extension 1335.