Colton Corner: Basketball camps bring return campers
The Colton elementary and middle schools were filled with b-ball loving kids as they enjoyed the Youth Basketball Camps hosted by Greg and Teresa Adams.
The day camps for kids first through fourth grade and fifth through eighth grades are a fundraiser for Colton Boosters. Greg Adams said that over the 24 years they have been putting on the camps, they have been able to raise close to $40,000 for the group that supports programs in the Colton School District.
This year's camps were filled to the limit with ballers getting "skills and drills" and playing mini basketball games.
Tyler Adams, son of Teresa and Greg, helps with the camps. He grew up the son of two Colton School District basketball coaches (and teachers), played varsity point guard and now helps with the camps.
"What I love about little kids camp is honestly getting to know the kids, work with them and their basketball skills, and helping anyway I can," Tyler said, "whether that be just basketball or anything else I can teach them like team work, sharing, etcetera."
The kids love the camps and wanted to share what they thought.
Ronald Hordichok, 7, said, "It was very fun, my favorite part was doing figure eights with the ball between my legs."
Macie Adams, 7 and third-generation camper, said, "I like playing with other kids, passing to my teammates and having good team work. I also love camp, because it's so much fun and I learn a lot of new skills."
Six-year-old Lexi Teune and 10-year old Chayse Smith, who participated in the upper grade camp, said they like to play basketball and meet new kids and make new friends.
Coaching the little kids camp, held at the elementary school were Greg and Teresa Adams, Megan Teune, Tyler Adams and CHS basketball players Courtney Weinberger and Tanner Johnson, who did receive community hours for participating. The older kids' camp at the middle school had Greg, Teresa, Tyler and Johnson as coaches.
"What's so great about having this camp in this community is that we get a lot of return campers," Tyler said. "So it's always fun to see kids the next summer walking through the gym and seeing how much they have improved from the previous years. I have always loved basketball and sharing my knowledge of the game. Especially to the younger kids so they can be ready for basketball season during the school year."
Teresa pointed out kids on the court whose parents had been part of the camps when they played ball for Colton.
"It is so nice to see all the kids and parents and the love of basketball," Teresa said.