The 2003 Cardinal Basketball Camps have concluded, culminating four weeks of non stop basketball action on the UofL campus.
The Day Camps, for elementary and middle school players, began June 2 and were held for three consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM at the Student Activities Center.
Day campers were given a large dose of basketball instruction from Coach Pitino, his players and staff including shooting techniques, movement without the ball, passing , dribbling, rebounding, team play, motivation and more.
At the end of each week, campers received a UofL T-Shirt and goodie bag, were treated to an award ceremony and were given the opportunity to collect autographs from current University of Louisville players, Coach Pitino and staff.
Last weekend, fathers and sons were given the opportunity to camp together and share quality time on the court. Fathers learned proven coaching methods to help improve their son's basketball skills while their sons practiced and learned those skills on the court. Fathers and sons also had the opportunity to play together on the court and enjoy an experience that provided memories for a lifetime.
This week, Coach Pitino and staff welcomed 250 junior high and high school players to campus for the Individual Instruction Skills Camp. Several talented players were in attendance, including local high school star Rajon Rondo.
The three day, two night camp focused heavily on individual development and the players were treated to the same individual instruction that Coach Pitino has used to develop many professional basketball players. Campers were treated to an intense study of shooting, ball handling, and passing skills and learned the intracasies of offensive movement, the principles of the fast break and the importance of diet and conditioning.
Each evening, Night Campers received direct instruction from Coach Pitino, who utilized his players and several campers to demonstrate a particular facet of the game, before taking the court and applying the lessons learned from the future Hall of Fame coach.
And judging from comments by parents in attendance, the Camp was a huge success with both players and parents alike.
"He loved the camp and he loves Coach Pitino," Larry Walker said of his son Martez' experience at the individual instruction camp Wednesday night.
The Walker's, who journeyed from Louisiana to attend the camp, are a testament to the allure and appeal of Coach Pitino and his proven teaching methods.
So until next year, the campers return home to begin work on the skills learned this month in preparation for the upcoming season.
For information or questions about the UofL Basketball Camp call 502-852-6651.
Special recognition must be given to Coaches Scott Davenport, Kevin Willard and Vince Taylor, Equipment Manager Tim Sypher, Trainer Fred Hina, Strength Coaches Ray Ganong and Wiley Brown, Director of Operations Bill Burke, the camp instructors, current UofL players and support staff who make the UofL Basketball Camps second to none!