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E.E. Waddell basketball camp teaches the fundamentals

Teaching the next generation the finer points of basketball, a month-long skills clinic hosted by the E.E. Waddell Center looks to show young players the right way to play the game.

Brent Kirven, director of the event, said a total of nine youngsters have particpated so far, with the lower numbers allowing more one-on-one atteniton.

“It allows us to be very hands-on and give each child individual attention. This is a basic skills and drills program, so the kids are just learning to play,” Kirven said.

Admitting to loving the game of basketball, Kirven said it’s been wonderful to watch the excitement of playing the game.

“It is exciting and rewarding to watch them use basketball language and begin to instinctivley do things they were just learning a couple of weeks ago,” Kirven said.

“It is also amazing to start seeing their athleticism. The more confidence they gain, the more willing they are to try new things.”

Basketball, Kirven said, can help children to learn valueable life skills of hard work and working as a team.

“It t can also help a young person develop self-confidence and a sense of personal accomplishment, provide a safe and supportive environment and put them in contact with caring adults. Basketball can also be fun and every child needs a little fun coupled with physical activity,” Kirven said.

The current camp runs through Oct. 30 but plans are in place to run another session in the spring. Cost of the current camp, with hour-long sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m., cost $10 per week.

Long term, Kirven said he hopes the camps will help build a strong basketball foundation and build a strong sense of self in the young athletes

He also hopes the kids develop a can-do attitude they can build on as they grown and develop.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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