Community

Shaka Smart Basketball Camps LLC is committed to making Richmond, Virginia a better place for children.  We take pride in the volunteer work of our management team and staff and we are honored to serve on the boards of worthwhile community organizations.  Read the articles below to learn more about our local service and philanthropy.

 

  • Keep your Mind and your Body Moving this Summer!

    Photo by Steven Casanova By Kristin Dukes The official start of summer is here, but that doesn’t mean that your mind gets a season-long vacation. Although summer is a great time to relax, travel and make unforgettable memories at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps, it’s also the perfect time to learn new things. Richmond offers many […]

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  • Fresh Foods Found at Farmers Markets—Score!

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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  • Your Votes Helped Coach Smart Advance in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge

    By Otesa Miles Coach Shaka Smart advanced to the second round of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge Jan. 27 because of overwhelming support from campers, parents, VCU alumni, fans and supporters. He still needs your votes to continue to win money for FRIENDS Association for Children, a nonprofit organization that offers early childhood education and family […]

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  • Vote Smart, Each Day to Support FRIENDS

    AH9VDJA2FFEE By Otesa Miles Coach Shaka Smart is at it again. He’s competing in the ESPN/Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge to raise money for the Richmond-based nonprofit FRIENDS Association for Children. Coach Smart is up against 47 other coaches to win $100,000 for the charity of the coach’s choice. He’s currently in 8th place. You can help […]

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  • Spread the Joy of Giving

    Photograph by JD Hancock By Otesa Miles At the end of the year, many people are looking for ways to share with others. Here are a host of ways you can give your time or resources to help others. Remember, Coach Shaka Smart always reminds his campers and players to be encouraging. There’s no better […]

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  • Join Shaka and FRIENDS

    Everyone knows Shaka and Maya Smart are passionate about basketball. They are also enthusiastic supporters of Richmond’s FRIENDS Association for Children. The Jackson Ward-based nonprofit brings together community volunteers and families to offer enrichment programs and educational opportunities for Richmond’s most vulnerable youth. In November, the Smarts launched a fundraiser to help FRIENDS continue to […]

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  • You Can Make a Big Difference. Get Your FRIENDS Shirt and Help us Spread the Word!

    Suit up in this Custom T-Shirt to help Shaka and FRIENDS of RVA Shaka and Maya Smart are mounting an end-of-the-year fundraising and awareness campaign for FRIENDS Association for Children and we hope you’ll help by sporting your very own Friends RVA Shirt (pictured above). The 30-day online blitz runs through November, and focuses on […]

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  • You’re invited to the 2013 VCU Basketball Black & Gold Game!

    You’re invited to the 2013 VCU Basketball Black & Gold Game! The game will take place in the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Sunday, October 13 at 6 p.m. Get a sneak peak at the 2013-14 VCU Men’s Basketball Team as they compete against one another in a full-length intersquad scrimmage. The event is FREE […]

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  • Camp Supports Courts for Kids Work in Dominican Republic

    By Otesa Miles Almost 1,500 miles away from Shaka Smart Basketball Camps, young players in Doña Lila, a small rural area in the Dominican Republic can be spotted sporting new camp t-shirts and dribbling new camp basketballs. The non-profit Courts for Kids took these items to Doña Lila during their trip July 28 through August 4, […]

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  • Sunday, Aug. 18 Help Coach Smart Create ‘Havoc’ at Ellwood Thompson’s & Support FRIENDS Association for Children

    By Otesa Miles Get fresh, locally-grown veggies at Ellwood Thompson’s and you’ll help give money to FRIENDS Association for Children. This Sunday, August 18, is your chance to shop and support! Local, organic market Ellwood Thompson’s will donate 5% of its Aug. 18 sales to FRIENDS, an organization which provides a wide range of services […]

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  • Shop & Support! Buy at Ellwood Thompson’s Aug. 18 & 5% Goes to Friends Association for Children

      By Otesa Miles  Buying local can also support a local charity. Save the date! Sunday, Aug. 18, 5% of sales at local organic market, Ellwood Thompson’s will go to the local nonprofit, FRIENDS Association for Children. By shopping at Ellwood Thompson’s that day, you’ll also have a chance to try the new “Havoc” smoothie! FRIENDS […]

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  • Wells Fargo Banks on Shaka Smart Basketball Camps

    Photo by Steven Casanova By Otesa Miles Helping campers learn basketball skills along with life lessons convinced Wells Fargo that Shaka Smart Basketball Camps is a good investment. The banking firm returned during the summer 2013 camp season for its second year as a sponsor. The important lessons campers learn will help them succeed on […]

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  • Campers Stay Hydrated with Virginia Artesian Water

    By Otesa Miles: Keeping campers hydrated while hooping is a top priority at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps. Virginia Artesian Water, a camp sponsor, supplied nearly 7,000 bottles of water for the 2013 camp sessions. The water, bottled in Hanover, comes from an underground well located between Mechanicsville and Tappahannock and has been a popular camp […]

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  • Community Involvement Drives GEICO’s Camp Sponsorship

    Photo by Steven Casanova By Otesa Miles Shaka Smart Basketball Camps’ sponsor GEICO returned for the 2013 season to support the Richmond basketball camp and its participants after a successful run during last year’s camp. The third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States continued its partnership with the camp because of the response […]

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  • Vote Daily & Donate Items to Coach Smart’s Charity: FRIENDS Association for Children

    By Otesa Miles With your help, Coach Shaka Smart can win the 3rd Annual ESPN/Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. Your daily, online votes can ensure that Coach Smart wins the $100,000 prize for Richmond-based FRIENDS Association for Children.  In addition, you can support Coach Smart’s charity by donating much-needed items to FRIENDS to support their programs […]

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  • Vote Smart Today! Coach Smart Needs Your Support to Win Fundraising Final Four

    By Otesa Miles VCU’s Head Basketball Coach Shaka Smart advances to the final round of the 3rd Annual ESPN/Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. To win, Coach Smart still needs your votes every day! The coach with the most online votes through March 11 at noon wins $100,000 for his charity. To vote daily, go to www.espn.com/infiniti […]

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  • Have a Healthy Holiday

    By Otesa Miles As the year winds down, many of our basketball campers and their parents will be celebrating with holiday parties and family gatherings. These tips are all about coming together with family and friends can be a positive tradition without being unhealthy. If you plan to have a seasonal celebration of your own […]

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  • Want More Than Trick-or-Treating? Free & Low-cost, Local Halloween Events

    By Otesa Miles If trolling the neighborhood to trick-or-treat isn’t your bag, there are plenty of Halloween activities in the Richmond area. Here are a few free or low-cost options: Thursday Oct. 25 Wear your costume to the Glen Allen Library at 10501 Staples Mill Rd at 6:30 p.m.; costumes and all ages welcome. Friday […]

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  • Camp Scores with Healthy Lunches Thanks to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

    By Otesa Miles Something’s different about the lunches at Shaka Smart’s sports camp. You guessed it! They’re healthier, yet still tasty. The basketball camp worked with Healthy Lunch sponsor Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to make the midday meal nutrient-rich for campers. “With obesity being such a hot topic—we want to […]

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  • Take the Kids, Leave Your Wallet—More Low-cost RVA Activities

    The scalding summer temperatures don’t have to burn a hole in your wallet! There are plenty of free or cheap activities around the Richmond area for kids of all ages. Check out your neighborhood library and the libraries in other ‘hoods as well. Every summer, these book warehouses also host musical events, poetry slams and […]

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  • Take a Bike! Cool Places to Bike in RVA

    Bicycling can benefit the rider and the environment. When you hop on a bike, you add to your health without adding to air pollution caused by motor vehicles. Bike riding is a fun way to get moving and stay in shape. In fact, people who exercise spend 30 percent fewer days in the hospital than […]

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  • Local Water Company Makes Splash at Camp

    Photo by Sarah Mattozzi What’s the best way to cool off while shooting hoops? Guzzle some locally bottled water from Virginia Artesian Water, of course. The Hanover-based, family-owned business is working with Shaka Smart Basketball Camps to provide healthy, top-quality water to campers. The water, which carries a custom camp label, will be provided free […]

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  • Kid-friendly RVA Stay-cation Ideas That Don’t Break the Bank

    Banish the “I’m bored” refrain from your kids vocabulary this summer! The Richmond area is a hotbed of family-friendly activity for everyone from budding artists to future scientists. When your children aren’t polishing their skills at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps, keep them entertained with the following free or low-cost local activities: Keep your eyes peeled […]

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  • Richmond Parenting Resources

    Parenting can be a fun, exciting experience. It can also feel as if you’re juggling seven balls…while walking a tightrope. To help parents and guardians manage, there are numerous local resources available. Hotlines and Advice Lines Here are a few places to call if you need help or advice: Dominion Parent Power Line: (804) 545-1928 […]

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  • Coach Shaka Smart visits Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck

    On April 11, VCU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart made a special guest appearance in Kilmarnock for a sold-out Northern Neck Boys and Girls Club fund-raiser. Read more on NorthernNeckNews.com.

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  • Check out the Science Museum’s Take on Race

    Staff of the Shaka Smart Basketball Camp participated in the KidzConnection camp fair at the Science Museum of Virginia. While greeting potential campers in the striking rotunda of the former train station that houses the museum, we learned of the exhibit, “Race: Are we so different?” which will run through April 29. This is a […]

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  • CoachSmart.com – Your youth community connection site

    Want to know more about Shaka Smart Basketball Camps? Interested in fun family outings? Looking for basketball tips or quick, healthy ideas? If so, Shaka Smart Basketball Camps has launched CoachSmart.com to provide this information and more! Visit the site and be sure to sign up for our enewsletter and come back often. For the […]

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  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Every year, the standing governor issues a proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Virginia and acknowledges the need for residents across the state to support children, parents and families so that abuse and neglect can cease. During that month, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV) partners with the state to host awareness activities, […]

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