2015 Shaka Smart Basketball Camps at VCU
Make friends! Have fun! Get fit!
Open to any and all entrants.
Founded in April of 2009, Shaka Smart Basketball Camps LLC is celebrating its seventh year in business by planning its best camps yet! Our day camps provide a fun, safe environment for boys and girls entering grades three through 12 to improve their basketball skills, make new friends and get fit.
Our coaching staff will provide instruction for all levels of players, grounding them in the fundamentals of shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defense. We also strive to equip players with the necessary knowledge and skills to compete at their current level and advance to the next one. Beyond basketball, we emphasize the vital life skills of teamwork and sportsmanship. We are excited to see you next summer at the Siegel Center!
- 2015 Session 1: June 22-26
- Open to children entering grades 3-12
- 2015 Session 2: June 29-July 3
- Open to children entering grades 3-7
- 2015 Session 3: July 27-31
- Open to children entering grades 3-7
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Why You’ll Love Shaka Smart Basketball Camps
- Play on the same floor as the VCU Rams
- Encouraging instruction focused on player development and fun
- Lively mix of creative drills and competition that keeps kids moving all day
- Confidence boosts through basketball challenges and success
- Opportunities to play with old friends and make new ones
- Swag including a camp basketball, t-shirt and backpack
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 […][more]
By Otesa Miles While campers came to Shaka Smart Basketball Camps this summer to 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 […][more]
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 […][more]
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 […][more]
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 […][more]
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 […][more]
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 […][more]
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 […][more]
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 […][more]
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 […][more]
Photo by Sarah Mattozzi By Otesa Miles Shaka Smart Basketball Camps is a unique summer camp experience. Of course, as the name implies, there’s a ton of basketball. In addition, coaches work closely with campers to ensure they learn life fundamentals that will help them flourish on and off the court. Register your budding […][more]
Photo by Sarah Mattozzi By Otesa Miles Many parents ask me what I like about Shaka Smart Basketball Camps. My answer: Everything. Several camp features sold me on this summer basketball camp, including: The organization. From registration on the first day to Family & Friends Friday on the last day, the camp runs smoothly. The coaches. The […][more]