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Camper Spotlight: Blake Ursiny—A Feminine Touch

August 2, 2012

Blake Ursiny gets autograph from Joey Rodriguez

By Otesa Miles

Blake Ursiny considers herself a happy camper after her week at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps. Although female campers are in the minority, the 9-year-old said she was comfortable playing on a team full of boys. “After you get to know them, it gets better,” she said.

Blake began playing basketball at age 5 and won her spot at camp from the camp’s partner Virginia Artesian Water after her family entered a contest. Blake said she enjoyed learning so much about basketball. “I like that if you don’t know much, it teaches you,” Blake said. “We had fun. If you don’t know how to do defense, they teach you.”

She was thrilled to get autographs and photos with former VCU standouts Joey Rodriguez and Brandon Rozell, two key players from VCU’s historic 2011 Final Four run. She also took a photo with former VCU player Jesse Pellot-Rosa, who played in Argentina last season.

Blake Ursiny with Brandon Rozell

Blake’s mother Laurie Ursiny said she noticed the impact camp had on Blake’s game almost immediately. “She had a game this week and you can see the difference,” Ursiny said. “Another parent came up to me and said ‘she’s really improved a lot.’ We’ll definitely come back next year. She loved it.”

“She’s already asking about getting season tickets and coming back next summer. The camp was a fabulous experience!!” Ursiny said. “She will definitely be signing up next year.”

Blake Ursiny with Jesse Pellot-Rosa

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