Created: Sun, 08 Jun 2014 09:19:00 CST
Updated: Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:56:05 CST
Just because school is adjourned for most students, it doesn't mean the hard work discontinues...
One example of that is the Mike Trader basketball camp.
The most recent stop for the former Hastings College coach and his basketball instruction is Grand Island.
Hastings Bronco basketball player Ibou Fall is just one of the instructors at Mike Trader's youth basketball camp. This one is at Grand Island Central Catholic high school–just one of several around the state created by the former Hastings College basketball coach. The objective of these camps everyday of instruction is simple–teach the fundementals of basketball to young players using players like Ibou and a number prominent coaches.
They enjoy interacting with the coaches that we get and enjoy with the players that we get and hopefully we set it up for them so its two thngs, its fun but at the same time they take the skills home with them that they can practice and become better players.
Tyron Criswell was national junior college player of the year for Central Community College in Columbus. He'll head for the University of Nevada to play for the Wolfpack this season. He feels the lessons learned here go far beyond the court.
Everything's not about basketball, we teach them some life lessons as well, being a good teammate, being a good person on and off the floor, stuff like that that hemps them later in life other than basketball.
Doane basketball coach Jim Weeks shares some of the lighter moments with the campers. With school out until August, activities like this basketball camp is a place the youngsters enjoy being more than anywhere else.
They are really good players, and have taught me a lot, they are fun to mess around with and help me so yeah, it's fun.
The rest of the summer Mike's camps will be at such places as Hastings and Doane College, Central Community College in Columbus and one right back here in Grand Island Next Month.
The think I'm as pleased with as much as anything else are the coaches because they are really the ones that make the camp, the interact every day with the kids and as important as anything else I think the coaches do a great job teaching.
At all of the camps watch for the young players to work hard, learn the fundementals and of course have plenty of fun.