It’s not just for the campers.
When LaGrange College men’s basketball coach Kendal Wallace decided to offer a youth basketball camp during the summer, he thought it would also be a good way for the incoming freshmen to get to know each other.
So it has become a tradition for the players about to join the basketball team to lend a hand during the camp each summer.
This year is no different, with the freshmen helping out during a camp that began on Monday and wraps up on Thursday.
“This is big for our incoming freshmen,” Wallace said. “They get to know each other a little bit.”
This is the fourth summer camp Wallace has offered.
The first one was in 2011, the summer before he coached the Panthers for the first time.
He has been doing it each summer since then, and this year he is offering two youth camps.
The second one is scheduled for July 28-31.
“Some of these kids have come back four times,” Wallace said. “Probably five, six of these kids play AAU basketball here in town. We try to get them better. We try to get their parents their money’s worth. It’s a lot of fun.”
In addition to the two youth camps, Wallace is also offering a camp for players who will be seniors in high school, or freshmen in college.
The Panthers Youth Basketball Elite Camp will be held July 16-18, and Wallace said a lot of players who are considering coming to LaGrange College use the camp as a way to see what playing basketball at the school would be like.
“It’s a three-day workout for kids that think they want to play, who have inquired about our school,” Wallace said.
Wallace said it’s a great tool for him, as well as the players.
“A lot of kids want to see whether or not they can play for me. They’re testing out the coach as much as we’re looking at them as a player,” Wallace said. “It’s a two-fold thing. It works out pretty well.”
OF NOTE: For information on the basketball camps at LaGrange College, go to www.lagrangepanthers.com and follow the basketball link.