Friday, August 3, 2012
St. John the Baptist Parish - The Department of Parks and Recreation's first summer basketball camp was a huge success with more than 30 children and teens participating.The camp was held Monday, July 30 to Thursday, August 2, at REGALA Gymnasium in Reserve. Coach Errol Gauff, a former St. John resident and current Head Basketball Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, managed the camp in two sessions, a morning session for kids ages 7 to 10 years-old and an afternoon session for kids ages 11 to 14-years-old. Participants learned valuable basketball skills such as defending, dribbling, passing and shooting. The afternoon group also played inter-squad games which focused on offensive and defensive transitions.
“Running the camp for the first time, I thought it went very well,” said Coach Errol Gauff. “I believe it is a great first step to building something positive for the future of St. John, and I’m happy to be a part of that.” Coach Gauff emphasized the “ABCs” to campers, “academics, basketball and character” and told them to always remember their school work comes first.
Justin Duhe, a 7-year-old participant from LaPlace, said his favorite part of the camp was making shots during the basketball drills and practicing how to dribble. His grandmother, Mira Lopez, thinks the camp was a great way to keep children active during the summer. “The children seemed so enthusiastic about the camp and each one received a lot of individualized attention. It also provided them with an opportunity to exercise not just their muscles but their minds,” said Lopez.
Parish President Natalie Robottom was on hand at the close of the camp Thursday for presentation of participation certificates and St. John Basketball Camp t-shirts. Individual awards such as the “hotshot” award, given to the participants in each age group with the most baskets, were also presented. “I hoped you learned from this camp that basketball is not just about winning,” President Robottom said to participants. “It is about moving around, staying fit, learning how to work with others, following directions, and most importantly never quitting or giving up.”
Registration for St. John Biddy Basketball will be held in November of 2012. For more information, visit sjbparish.com or call the St. John Parish Parks & Recreation Department at 985-652-9569.