Athletes honing their skills at summer camp

Justin Dickie
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For three weeks, kids have been honing their skills at the first For-Three Basketball camp, but not necessarily by shooting "for three."

For three weeks, kids have been honing their skills at the first For-Three Basketball camp, but not necessarily by shooting "for three."

While the concept of the camp, developed by Amherst Regional High School teacher Kris Reid, was initially supposed to focus on basketball, the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association took the idea, worked with Reid on it to turn it into something much more diverse.

"To run a basketball camp, it's sort of like anybody could do that, but it was like you needed something other than just a basketball camp and the easiest thing to offer was other sports," Reid said at the ARHS gym recently. "We want to give kids as close to what they want as possible."

Kids were offered more in the form of hockey, baseball, bicycling, archery, tennis, frisbee, swimming, as well as beach trips, guitar lessons, movies, and more.

"Maybe now kids will play basketball next year that wouldn't have otherwise or maybe they found something they liked that they didn't already do," Reid said. "They have to do things as a team. They have a whole list of things they have to do as a team, like make 50 fouls shots all the way down to making a secret hand shake."

This camp has been special for 14-year-old Devin Goodwin. Constantly getting into trouble at school, Reid told him he could attend the camp for free if he didn't get another suspension in the school year. Goodwin did that and Reid kept his promise.

"I like basketball a lot and it's something to do for the summer. I wanted to stay out of trouble so I could come," Goodwin said, who's also been learning guitar. "This camp's awesome and I'm coming back next year if there is one."

With the first three weeks a success, another camp is set for July 23-August 10, at Spring Street Academy. For more information on the camp or to sign up, contact CANSA's executive director Liz Cooke-Sumbu 661-1509.

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Street Academy

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