Back to School Means Back to School Lunch

August 27, 2014

Photo by Kiersten Koenig By Otesa Miles The school cafeteria serves as a social hub for many students. It’s also a place where young people have the opportunity to make some independent food decisions. Whether campers take lunch in a box or grab a hot tray at school, lunch is a good time to remember […]


Jump Back to School

August 20, 2014

Photo by Kiersten Koenig By Otesa Miles Many Shaka Smart Basketball Campers head back to school in the coming two weeks, as the clock ticks down to the official end of summer vacation. Easing back into the school routine will be a slam dunk for campers who continued to work on school subjects during the break. […]


Filling Up on Healthy, Nourishing Foods at Basketball Camp

August 13, 2014

By Otesa Miles While campers came to Shaka Smart Basketball Camps this summer learn more about basketball, we made sure we shared a few lessons on healthy eating during our 2014 sessions. The best way to promote good food is to have good food handy. Each day between sky hooks and screens, we offered campers fresh […]


Coach Smart: The Camp’s Driving Force

August 6, 2014

By Otesa Miles The main reason Shaka Smart Basketball Camps sells out is Coach Shaka Smart. VCU’s head basketball coach brings the dedication, energy and upbeat basketball attitude that has led to a winning record his five years in Richmond. Campers enjoy learning from Coach Smart and he ensures that each camp staff member shares […]


Camp is in Session

July 30, 2014

Photo by Kiersten Koenig The third and final session of the 2014 Shaka Smart Basketball Camps kicked off this week with lots of fun and tons of hoops. Hundreds of campers are cultivating new basketball terminology and life skills. Here are a few things campers are learning about and working on this week: Stations: These […]


Be Your Own Coach

July 23, 2014

 Photo by Steven Casanova By Otesa Miles At Shaka Smart Basketball Camp, each group of 10 campers works with a dedicated, experienced basketball coach. The same is true when playing for teams from school, recreation centers and other organizations. But what should a young player do when they aren’t playing “organized” basketball? Be your own […]


Don’t Slide or Slump During the Summer

July 16, 2014

  Photo by Steven Casanova By Otesa Miles Water slides and playgrounds slides are tons of fun. There’s one type of slide, however, that Shaka Smart Basketball Campers should avoid: the summer slide. Summer slide is when students forget some of what they’ve learned during the school year. This typically happens when young people don’t […]


Stay in Shape for Camp

July 9, 2014

Photo by Steven Casanova By Otesa Miles Each Shaka Smart Basketball Camp participant receives a cool, brand new camp basketball. Coach Shaka Smart makes sure he tells campers that the next time he sees them with the ball, it should not look the same. “The ball should look worn from practicing,” Coach Smart told campers at […]


Campers End Their Day with some Smart Advice

July 3, 2014

Photo by Kiersten Koenig By Kristin Dukes Hygiene and hydration. That’s the topic of Coach Shaka Smart’s closing message at the end of a long day at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps. “What do we do when we go home today? Shower and hydrate,” said Smart, VCU’s head basketball coach. Photo by Kiersten Koenig Campers enjoy the full […]


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

July 2, 2014

Photo by Kiersten Koenig  By Kristin Dukes Celebrating our fifth year, Shaka Smart Basketball Camps takes pride in being a positive pillar in the Richmond community. Even though Shaka Smart Basketball Camps is vying for MVP status, it takes a team of dedicated organizations to run one of the most organized children’s basketball camps in […]