Kids love spring break basketball camp

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Spring break offers kids some time away from school, which usually translates into fun.

If you can’t find anything fun to do, however, spring break could be a total bore.

For Julia Roberts, 13, she spent her spring break at former Harlem Globetrotter Sterling Forbes’ basketball camp at Broadstone Racquet Club.

“This camp saved my spring break,” said Roberts, a seventh grader at Sutter Middle School, who attended the game with her younger sister, Grace, 11. “I like this camp because we never stop moving and it’s so much fun. I learned multiple new ball-handling maneuvers and became more comfortable with the ones I already knew. I also learned some ways to get to the basket.”

Roberts was one of 26 kids ages 6 to 13 to attend the weeklong camp, which ran daily from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. As with most basketball camps, the fundamentals of the sport were the focus; including shooting, dribbling, rebounding and defense.

“I incorporate a lot of the fundamentals into games and that makes it fun,” Forbes said. “That way the kids don’t even realize they’re working. I have relay races where the kids are working on their dribbling, but because they’re racing, they don’t even realize that they’re also working on the ball handling.

“When they play knock out, they shoot a free throw and if they miss, they have to get the ball and make a layup before the next player makes a free throw. So in that game, they’re working on their shooting and layups all within trying to win a game and they’re doing so under pressure.”

Having fun is the goal of the camp.

“All the drills are fun and we’re working on things while we’re doing them,” Forbes said. “The kids are having fun and learning something at the same time.”

Lorenzo Mansu, 7, enjoyed the camp.

“It’s pretty cool,” Mansu said. “I like the drills and I like to win. I like Sterling because he’s a basketball player and he’s good at all sorts of stuff.”

Anir Bommaraju may only be 9 years old, but his favorite part about basketball is dunks.

“I have a small hoop at my house,” said Bommaraju, who does his dunking at home. “I like the games at this camp, especially “Smooth Says.” I’ve learned to dribble behind my back; how to dribble better between my legs and I’ve learned the spin move.”

Forbes will be holding two basketball camps over the summer from June 3-7 and from July 29 to Aug. 2.