Juneau's Fast Break Youth Basketball Camp is underway on the hardwood Women's pro player Talisa Rhea will be in the house

Dust off your gym shoes and dig out your tank-tops, the Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp has kicked off two weeks of fundamental basketball instruction with Camp 1 (going through the 14th) for boys and girls entering grades 2-8. The action runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. All campers will begin at the JDHS gym each day. Coaches will escort some players to Harborview and/or Marie Drake for instruction, as necessary. All Campers will be picked up from the JDHS main gym at the end of each day. Camp 2 will follow, beginning June 17-22 for boys and girls entering grades 8-12. Orientation for Camp 2 (players entering grades 8-12 next year) will be Sunday, June 16th, from 4pm – 5pm at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym. Camp will run from June 17 – 21, 9am – 5pm. The All-star games and award ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 9am – 12pm. Space is still available in Camp 2, details available at www.jdcrimsonbears.com.

Instructors at the Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp will include current and former high school, college, and professional players/coaches. A highlight of Camp 2 will be the return of former Juneau-Douglas High School standout, and current women’s professional player, Talisa Rhea. Camp instructors include: Talisa Rhea, Will Egolf, George Houston, Steve Houlihan, Alec Calloway, Tony Harding, Tony Yadao, Eric Gross, Evan Gross, Taylor Swofford, Jim Carson, Gabi Fenumiai, Marissa Brakes, Keith Ainsworth, James Wilson, Guy Tompkins, Bob Saviers, Faifo Levale, Gilbert Mendoza, Alex Heumann, Austin Shoemaker, Todd Nealey, Kaitlin Fagerstrom, Brittany Fenumiai, Gilbert Mendoza, Nani Ostrom, Olivia Henderson, Moa Maka, Bob Saviers, Dorian Isaak, Gunnar Schultz, Adam Empson, Kevin Guimmayen, Dartanan Hodge-Campos, Trevor Clauder, Manase Maake, Romney Tupou

While the name may be new, the goals of the Juneau Fast Break Basketball Camp will be the similar to those established throughout 35-plus years of camps offered by the coaching staff of the boys basketball program at Juneau-Douglas High School. The aim is to help campers improve throughout the week, with an emphasis on individual skill development, team play, and execution of basic fundamentals. Campers will learn offensive and defensive skills while gaining valuable opportunities to set and work towards goals, improve physical fitness, and build self-confidence… all through the fun and excitement of the game of basketball.

The camp, in all its names (Hamey’s Hoop Camp, Houston’s Hoop Camp, and Crimson Bear Cage Camp), has served as an opportunity for boys and girls basketball players from around the state, and especially the region, to come together. It has allowed campers to improve their fundamental skills, make new friends, and enjoy a week of games and competition. Pre-registered campers for this year’s installments of camp hail from all over the Inside Passage including Juneau, Hoonah, Angoon, Petersburg, Sitka, Ketchikan, and Skagway.

Participants in Camp 1 will receive a camp T-shirt, camp basketball, undergo basic skills testing, and receive a certificate of achievement for successfully completing the camp. Participants in Camp 2 will receive a camp t-shirt, camp basketball, and have the opportunity to earn special awards including: League Champ, All-Star, Best Passer, Best Defense, Station Master, Most Improved, and Most Valuable Player.


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