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Shaka Smart Basketball Camps!
Basketball is fun. But it’s even more fun as part of an active, healthy lifestyle that extends beyond the court. At the camp this year, our positive and enthusiastic coaches will help you become a better basketball player and encourage you to embrace fitness and nutrition for a lifetime. We also hope you’ll make new friends and love the game as much as we do.
Youth summer sports camps — what better way for children to get tons of exercise while meeting new friends in a healthy, safe environment. Shaka Smart Basketball Camps invites campers into the world of VCU basketball. We practice, play and learn in Richmond VA at the state-of-the-art facilities of the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Campers play on the home court of Coach Shaka Smart’s VCU Rams, right on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Boys and Girls
Although boys definitely outnumber the girls at our camp, we welcome girl power to each of our camp sessions! Our female campers let us know they have a great time improving their fundamental basketball skills.
The coaching is tailored to each camper’s ability. So whether your kid is a budding LeBron James, a future Brittney Griner or a relative rookie, we’ll meet them on their level. By placing players on small teams of 10, we can match campers who are close in age and skill level. Each team has an experienced, individual coach who works on one skill at a time. Each day is filled with dribbling, shooting, passing, defense, teamwork and the most important ingredient for a successful summer camp: FUN!
Richmond, Virginia’s capital city, is conveniently located in Central Virginia—a quick 20-30 minute drive from Chester, Midlothian, Chesterfield, Mechanicsville, Hanover and Ashland. Shaka Smart Basketball Camps is only an hour from Northern Virginia or Charlottesville. It’s 90 minutes from the Hampton Roads area and less than two hours from Washington.
We are a summer day camp and therefore do not provide overnight accommodation. However, we do have campers from out of town who drive in daily and those who stay with grandparents for the week. As always, family members are welcome to watch from the stands. We love meeting new friends from all over!
Youth Health and Safety
Coach Shaka Smart believes basketball camp should be full of fun and learning in a safe environment for young ball players. The health and safety of our campers is the top priority of each member of the camp staff. We work hard to adhere to National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) sports safety guidelines. This helps us keep our young campers safe and away from injuries. In addition, we serve a healthy lunch each camp day and we encourage campers to drink plenty of water.
Another way we cut down on injuries is through proper preparation. Kids should expect to do stretching at the beginning of each day to get their bodies ready for a lot of physical activity. And as a special gift for parents, our campers will be pretty exhausted each evening when camp ends at 5 p.m.! You can thank us later.