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Letter From a Satisfied Basketball Summer Camp Parent

May 22, 2013

Photo by Sarah Mattozzi

What do parents say about our basketball summer camp? We received the letter below from a parent whose child attended VCU basketball camp last summer:

I cannot tell you what a great experience Shaka Smart Basketball Camps was for my son Mac Smith and for my husband and I. We all loved it.

The camp was so well organized and run. I feel terrible that I have forgotten the young man’s name who directed the camp, but he did a superior job. All of the coaches and players who coached and instructed the campers were knowledgeable, positive, upbeat and FUN!!! It seemed that they were having more fun than the kids!

The campers were quickly organized every morning and put into action almost immediately. Every good teacher and coach knows that players only get better if they have a ball in their hands and are practicing skills. It’s called “time on task” and the campers got plenty of it. The station work was excellent and always evolving—giving players a chance to show off skills they already had or learn something new and practice a skill they may normally neglect. The instructional environment of these stations was very beneficial.

The games and contests were very exciting and provided excellent game play experience. I liked that there were referees for each game and teams were composed of the right number of players for ultimate floor time. Lunch was reported to be good and the photo, basketball, bag, shirt and other goodies were icing on the cake. Loved the campwear too!!

All staff involved with the camp was helpful, polite and smiling at all times. A tornado warning went into effect one day during our week and the staff handled it beautifully. I can’t think of anything I would change and offer no advice for improvement.

My husband and I are both PE teachers and have coached a variety of sports for many years. My husband has played major league baseball. We have spent many years working at and watching sports camps and we both agree that Shaka Smart’s camp receives an A+!  I feel it is the best camp value for the unbelievably low fee. We can’t wait to come back next summer!!

Please forward this email to any camp staff member who would get a smile from receiving our gratitude and compliments (Shaka too!)

Thanks for all of your professional help Dianne (Long).

Cyndie Smith


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