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11 Ways to Reduce Salt in Your Diet

September 17, 2014

Photo by  Kiersten Koenig by Otesa Miles Sodium, which is necessary for the body, can cause great harm when consumed in excess. Found in table salt, foods, drinks and even medicines and supplements, too much sodium is a key factor in high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to kidney disease, heart disease and […]

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Too Much Salt is a Health Violation

September 10, 2014

Photo by Kiersten Koenig By Otesa Miles Keeping young bodies basketball ready involves tons of physical activity, plus lots of healthy foods. Unfortunately, a 2012 study in the journal “Pediatrics” found that many children and teens consume too much salt or sodium which increases their risk of having high blood pressure. High blood pressure can […]

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It’s Gotta Be the Shoes

September 3, 2014

By Otesa Miles Is it basketball without basketball shoes? Good question. Each summer for Shaka Smart Basketball Camps, the Stuart C. Siegel Center serves as home to Virginia’s top basketball camp. An added bonus: the shoe fashion show that takes place on the court. Take a look at a few footwear favorites: Will defenders see you […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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