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 […]


Heads Up! Good Posture Can Improve Basketball Skills

July 1, 2014

Photo by Portia Black Can body language and posture help improve your basketball game? VCU Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Morrell thinks so. At Shaka Smart Basketball Camps he gave participants a lesson in nonverbal communication. He discussed how body language can impact people’s perception of a player as well as influence a player’s performance on […]


More Than Meets The Eye

June 30, 2014

Photo by Steven Casanova By Kristin Dukes Although basketball and fun are the top two features of Shaka Smart Basketball Camps, many parents would be surprised to know that Richmond’s elite hoops camp also helps children grow in many other areas. While young campers dribble, shoot and play defense, they are also exposed to valuable […]


A Day at Camp – Full of Fun and Fitness

June 26, 2014

Photo by Steven Casanova By Kristin Dukes Each morning, VCU assistant coach Jesse Bopp blows his whistles and campers report to the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Four hundred campers line up in single-file lines to begin their day with stretches and an energetic morning pep talk. This is how the premier […]


Clap it up at Camp

June 25, 2014

By Kristin Dukes One clap. Two claps. That’s how Jesse Bopp, VCU’s assistant basketball coach, gets 400 excited, busy-body campers to quiet down each morning and each afternoon when camp is in session. Bopp’s voice can barely be heard over the squeals and laughter. But when he announces, “one clap,” the chatter stops and the […]


New and Improved Shockoe App Helps Smart Camps Registration Run Smoothly

June 25, 2014

Photo by Steven Casanova By Kristin Dukes The first session of the 2014 Shaka Smart Basketball Camps summer season got off to a running start Monday, thanks to camp’s new mobile app. With the help of Shockoe Mobile Applications Development, registration flew by faster than ever. Lines stayed short as campers quickly checked in. “The […]


Keep your Mind and your Body Moving this Summer!

June 18, 2014

Photo by Steven Casanova By Kristin Dukes The official start of summer is here, but that doesn’t mean that your mind gets a season-long vacation. Although summer is a great time to relax, travel and make unforgettable memories at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps, it’s also the perfect time to learn new things. Richmond offers many […]