By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
BALLIN’ By Da Beach Basketball Camp continues its effort of engaging with its participants virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organisation will host a virtual basketball camp, August 24-28, via Zoom.
The camp is open to both boys and girls ages 5-19 and is free to all registered participants - all that is needed is reliable internet access and a basketball.
Registration is open at BBFbasketball.com/VBC while interested persons can contact the organisation at 429-7170 for more information.
The camp promises to feature “five days of high quality training from some of the Bahamas’ best national team, college and high school coaches.”
Day one will be led by the University of the Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball head coach - Bacchus Rolle; day two features Bahamas senior men’s national team head coach and Golden State Warriors assistant coach - Chris Demarco; day three will be led by Under-17 Skills Challenge assistant coach - Sanchez Moss, day four features the University of Houston Cougars Assistant Director for Player Development - Mikhal McLean, and the camp will close out on day five with U-17 Skills Challenge head coach and CSA Basketball Founder - Marvin Henfield.
The schedule from 10:30-12:30 will include skills and drills, themed video fundamentals, mental skills training, leadership development, building basketball IQ and fundamentals in action.
With its traditional camp cancelled for the summer, BBDB partnered with Global College Access to host the “Student Summer Success Series” - sponsored by the University of the Ozarks.
The series included nightly Zoom sessions, featuring university presidents, athletic directors, coaches and college admissions leaders. Geared toward high school students, student-athletes, parents, coaches, guidance counsellors, and educational stakeholders, all sessions were free of charge.
BBDB was created by Jurelle Mullings in 2010 when she saw a need to place a greater focus on the development of women’s basketball at the youth level. She is also the coordinator of the Student-Athlete Resources and Support (STARS) Programme in the Ministry of Education.
Since 2010, the camp has featured hundreds of underserved, aspiring student athletes.
In addition to the camp, the organisation also hosts a Recruitment Exposure Showcase to aid aspiring players in their college recruitment process.
“Our mission is to take a personal interest in every basketball player and coach to help them become game changers on and off the court. Our vision is to build a movement of passionate basketball players by delivering excellence through the game. Our vision inspires us in our daily work. We create a diverse, collaborative, encouraging environment where teamwork and openness are the cornerstones.”