Upward Basketball stresses fundamentals, religion
by Dane Bolton
Jul 18, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mike Wright (left) helps teach kids about basketball while Jason Strickland (far back right) does the same.
Mike Wright (left) helps teach kids about basketball while Jason Strickland (far back right) does the same.
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The Cadiz Baptist Church hosted the Upward Basketball camp last week for elementary school students to teach them about how what it takes to win on the court and how to win in life.

The camp lasted five days and took place in the middle school gymnasium. Around 37 children in grades 1-3 would come from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Then approximately 13 students in grades 4-6 would come to the camp from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Upward Unlimited puts on Christian basketball camps, such as this one, and is based out of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Upward also organizes leagues in churches that kids can play in. Cadiz Baptist’s first ever league was created last year and Cadiz Baptist put on a similar basketball camp that was not part of the Upward program. Many kids at the camp last week participated in last year’s church league.

“We wanted to do a camp to reinforce what the kids had pervious learned in Upward,” said Jason Strickland, the camps administrator. “We also wanted do something for those who haven’t been in Upward, just give them a taste of what it is like.”

The kids were placed into groups and would go to different “stations” where they learned different fundamentals of the game, from shooting to dribbling. Once a whistle blew, the group would move on to the next station.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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