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Press Releases

  • More than 300 Campers and Families Expected for Camper Reunion Friday, Nov. 29

    By Otesa Miles ‘Tis the season to be thankful. We at Shaka Smart Basketball Camps have a LOT to be thankful for. We are particularly thankful for our campers and their families. To show our appreciation for the campers who joined us for Shaka Smart Basketball Camps during the 2013 summer sessions, we will welcome […]

  • Coach Shaka Smart to Coach USA U18 Team

    VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart again will serve as an assistant under Billy Donovan, this time on the USA Basketball U18 national team. Gonzaga’s Mark Few is the other assistant. “It means a great deal to be selected to participate in USA Basketball and be a part of a team that is going overseas to […]

  • Sports Marketer and Enthusiast Joins Shaka Smart Basketball Camps

    Sheri R. Crowell considers sports more than a way to get exercise. Participating in sports builds community, teaches teamwork, boosts self esteem and gives youth positive role models—all key to success on and off the court. Crowell, who joined the Shaka Smart Basketball Camps as the sales manager, said that’s why she’s worked with summer […]

  • Medical Writer Joins Shaka Smart Basketball Camp Team

    Otesa Miles spends most of her days poring over 30-page medical studies, interviewing doctors about new treatments and writing about surgeries and implants. As the new communications director for Shaka Smart Basketball Camps she will now write about her favorite sport.

  • Writer, mother and camp director: Maya Smart

    Maya Smart’s new job title—mother—has already helped her prepare for the 2012 Shaka Smart Basketball Camp.

  • Registration Is Open for the 2012 Shaka Smart Basketball Camps

    At the Shaka Smart Basketball Camp, coaches and counselors give campers lots of attention, direction and instruction. The staff knows the camp experience will stay with participants for years and some may even use the lessons of teamwork, perseverance and focus to help them excel in school and in their careers.


In the News

  • Rodney the Ram Entertains Visitors at Adventure Expo

    By Otesa Miles Rodney the Ram gave high fives, hugged kids and took tons of photos as he greeted visitors at the Shaka Smart Basketball Camp booth at the Adventure Expo Sunday, March 24. Rodney was joined by Camp Director Maya Smart and other camp staffers at the expo to share information about the camp, […]

  • The Literary Smart

    Maya Smart talks with Richmond Magazine about balancing work and motherhood. Of course, summer camp is a part of the equation!

  • The Other Coach Smart

    Maya Smart talks camp, volunteerism and more with Is there anything you and your family are looking forward to in Richmond in the coming year? We’re doing more with camp this year…we’re expanding that in different ways and trying to take it beyond just the basketball piece so more of an overall health and […]

  • 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

  • VCU Defeats Wichita State to Continue March Madness

    From the outset, many tabbed this VCU-Wichita State contest as an underdog handoff, with last year’s least likely national semifinalist (VCU Rams) matched against the team voted most likely to succeed it. Funny how that worked out. Instead, this NCAA tournament received its first upset, if a win by a team that went to the […]

  • VCU wins CAA Title

    Add another title to Shaka Smart’s March résumé: CAA tournament champion. The VCU coach gave three points of emphasis Monday night, asking his players to be aggressive, confident, and loose. The Rams were all three early, and just clutch enough late, winning 59-56 against Drexel to claim the league title and a spot in the […]