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2014 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 fifth 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 this summer at the Siegel Center!

Sessions

  • 2014 Session 1: June 23-27
    Open to students entering grades 3 to 12

  • 2014 Session 2: June 30-July 3
    Open to students entering grades 3 to 7

  • 2014 Session 3: July 28-August 1
    Open to students entering grades 3 to 7

Registration opens on Monday, April 28 at 8:30 a.m. EST.

 

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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

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