Fresh Foods Found at Farmers Markets—Score!

April 16, 2014

By Otesa Miles Spring has officially sprung. That means local farmer’s markets are in full swing with fresh produce grown right here in Virginia. Food grown nearby typically means it is fresher, because it didn’t have to travel from across the country or across the world to get to your plate. This results in more […]


Camp Parents: Keeping Your Camper Safe Online

April 9, 2014

By Otesa Miles Before social media, our parents taught us telephone etiquette so we’d know how to conduct ourselves on the phone. Since today’s parents didn’t grow up with social networks, smart phones and instant connectivity 24 hours per day, it might be helpful to take a look at the following tips for parents to […]


Campers: How to Be Social & Safe Online

April 2, 2014

Photo by Steven Casanova By Otesa Miles Social media makes it easy to keep in touch with camp friends, family who live far away and neighbors who may have moved. Action shots of you at camp and photos of your stellar report card probably win you tons of likes, shares and retweets. However, everyone—including campers […]


Spring into Action!

March 26, 2014

  Photo by Steven Casanova   By Otesa Miles The warm weather will arrive soon. Now is a great time to increase your physical activity as you get ready for Shaka Smart Basketball Camps. Use the light. Daylight Savings Time started recently, giving us an additional extra sunny hour in the morning. Use this to […]


Smart Says: Success is What You Make It, He Tells CBS Sports

March 19, 2014

By Otesa Miles Coach Smart has a lot to say about success and how to measure it in the CBS Sports NCAA Men of March special which aired for the first time March 1. In case you missed the special, you can catch it online, here. The special shows veteran analyst Clark Kellogg interviewing Coach […]


VCU Offers Free Summer Camp for Kids Dealing with a Parent’s Cancer

March 13, 2014

By Otesa Miles This summer, VCU student Jennifer Holmgrain will spend one week with children who, like her, know what it’s like to have a parent battle cancer. Holmgrain first heard about a special summer program called Camp Kesem through her younger sister who attended one of its camps at George Washington University. “My dad passed […]


How You Can Walk More, Be Healthier

February 26, 2014

By Otesa Miles Of course, we at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps think basketball is the best exercise. But did you know walking is a great way to improve your fitness and overall health? Here are some great ways to walk more: Don’t take short cuts! Yes, you can get there quicker if you cut through […]


Walk Your Way to Better Fitness & Health

February 19, 2014

Photo by Sarah Mattozzi By Otesa Miles Do you need a way to stay in shape, maintain a healthy weight and help you get ready for Shaka Smart Basketball Camps? Try walking. That’s right. Plain, old fashioned walking—the most popular physical activity in the country—is one of the best things you can do for your […]