By Grant Stevens - Sports Editor
Aug. 1, 2012 —
Last Tuesday morning officially kicked off the annual KCU Lady Knights basketball camp.
Ran by Head Coach Ron Arnett, along with several current KCU players, campers gained invaluable experience from a group of experienced winners.
The four-time NCCAA Division II defending national champions split the camp into two sections, with boys and girls ages 4-9 meeting from 9 a.m. to noon, and ages 10-16 taking the court from 1 to 4 p.m.
Instruction ranging from basic fundamentals to advanced dribbling and shooting drills were implemented, allowing participants of all skill levels to better themselves.
A solid turnout of around 45 kids for both the morning and afternoon sessions made for a success, something even the camp staff took notice of.
KCU center and camp instructor Monica Stevens said it was a good feeling to be able to give some advice to young hoops hopefuls.
“It’s great to see these young kids come out here and enjoy the game of basketball,” Stevens said. “I’ve played this sport pretty much all my life and there is nothing more fulfilling than being able to share some of the knowledge I have gained over the years.”
Arnett agreed with his player, noting the significance of interest by local youth.
“In the morning session, the younger kids had a blast, and I am so proud of my girls for the help they gave during the camp,” Arnett said. “The campers seemed to really grasp the concepts we were trying to teach.”
Arnett continued, as he described his program’s recent strive to nab local talent.
“Here at KCU, we have been striving to pick up the best players from our local high schools, and I think we’ve really made great strides in that regard,” Arnett said. “In the older group, I was very impressed with the skill level that some of these kids displayed. We had participants from Carter, Elliott, Greenup and other local counties. Basketball appears to be doing quite well in regards to our local communities.”
With the high amount of interest displayed by the turnout of the KCU camp, the community’s acknowledgement of Knights’ sports appears to be growing.
Arnett said this is vital to the growth and success of the university’s sports programs.
“Sports has become a vital part in delivering the message of our Christian university,” Arnett said. “When people take recognition of our program’s accomplishments and seek to be apart of it, that is an essential key to nurturing the growth of KCU sports. Our kids work very hard to be successful and represent our school with pride, and I am glad to see them recognized for doing so.”
In closing, the KCU coach took a moment to thank all those who helped make the camp a success.
“I want to say thank you to everyone involved in delivering another great camp,” Arnett said. “My players who gave their time in helping, the campers and everyone else who gave a hand. I can’t thank you enough.”
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