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After participating in a shooting drill with Vinny Del Negro, this camper takes a moment to pose with her autographed photo of Amare' Stoudemire.
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Suns Overnight Basketball Camp Scores BIG in Prescott

By: Alexandra Reed, Jrsuns.com
Posted: July 31, 2007

Tucked away in the mountains of Prescott lies a quiet camp called Pine Summit. However, July 25 - July 29 it was anything but quiet. With over 280 campers in attendance the camp facilities roared with the excitement of campers and thumps of basketballs on the court.

Campers were provided one-on-one instruction with the top high school, collegiate and professional coaches and players in the country. The camps reputable staff not only concentrated on vital skill development, but also strived to provide a fun, safe, rewarding and exciting week for all that attended.

Boys and girls of different skill levels, ages 7 - 18, played scrimmage games and competed with other campers within their age group, participated in specialized drills and practiced the importance of teamwork. Campers learned the ins and outs of basic basketball mechanics such as dribbling, defense, passing, shooting and rebounding. Coaches worked hard, helping each child improve their skills and develop their overall basketball game.

Vinny Del Negro also made a special appearance to speak with campers. Del Negro, a former Suns player, star shooter and current Director of Suns Player Personnel took time to teach campers drills and important fundamentals of shooting. In addition, he participated in a question and answer session with the campers.

“This week should be a really fun time for the kids,” said Del Negro, “I always enjoy coming up and seeing the kids faces. My number one motto to them is, believe in yourself and never give up…No excuses.”

Vinny Del Negro was not the only former player in attendance. He was accompanied by Suns alumni Alvan Adams and Tim Kempton, as well as, NBA Hall of Famer and Suns alumnus Connie Hawkins. Phoenix Suns General Manager, Steve Kerr and Phoenix Mercury General Manager, Ann Meyers Drysdale also made a special appearance during the closing ceremonies of camp.

Camper Cory Kukkola, a 5th year camper enjoyed meeting the Suns Alumni and staff.

“My favorite thing about camp was getting to meet the legends and working on a team. I have really been working on my passing and I learned a lot of cool drills to help me,” said Kukkola.

As camp drew to an end, The Gorilla put on a fun closing ceremony performance and got the whole camp cheering! The cool weather and occasional rain storm certainly did not put a damper on this camp.

For more information about the camps, please call (602) 594-CAMP or e-mail: Camps@Suns.com.

 
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