The temperature was hot in Tutt Field House this summer, but the energy was high as the 2017 Kodiak All-Star Basketball and Volleyball Camps took place. Camps were staffed by Kodiak athletes and mentors who shared their knowledge and passion for the game. The basketball camp was fortunate to land Olympic gold-medalist, Cathy Boswell, who dazzled the campers with her style and golden nuggets. She shared stories about what it took to be an Olympian, how legendary coach Pat Summitt challenged her to reach her potential and then selected her for the ’84 team USA, and how basketball has been a part of her life for over 30 years, while living and playing pro basketball overseas. Coach Vaughan was fortunate to be a teammate with Boswell at Illinois State University, where they combined efforts to capture two conference titles and make several NCAA tournament runs.
Campers primarily focused on fundamentals and skill stations, but time was set aside for 1-1, 3-3 and full-court scrimmages as well. Game play emphasized teamwork, defense, and movement without the ball. Video tape was utilized to evaluate shooting form, and each camper received valuable feedback. Hard work was rewarded with fun games and challenges, and of course crazy hair and sock day were a big hit.
Kodiak All-Star Volleyball Camp enrolled 25 campers from various schools, including CSS, Manitou, Monument, Woodland Park, and D12. Previous CSS volleyball coach, Misti Johnston, facilitated the camp again this summer and staffed experienced high school players. Campers were exposed to skills stations and drills in addition to competitive game play, and all players showed much improvement over the week.
Real athletes are made in the off-season and sports camps are a great way to get a jump start. Now it’s up to the athletes to put in the time and work before summer slips away and the temperatures begin to drop.