Red Auerbach Basketball School in High Gear

43rd season of teaching young men the game

By Jeff Twiss

Coach Auerbach meets with his camp director Steve Curley.

It’s summertime. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s time for lazy days and fun in the sun.

It’s also camping time and many boys and girls spend a portion or all of their summer months at their favorite summer camp. Camp would usually consist of swimming, hiking, tennis, archery, arts and crafts, canoeing and other fun activities.

But at the Red Auerbach Basketball School, now in its unprecedented 43rd season, you won’t find any campers swimming in lakes or pools or sizing-up a bulls eye or smashing a backhand tennis shot down the line. This is a school, not a camp. There is a difference. This is all about basketball and nothing else.

The Red Auerbach Basketball School, named after and in honor of Boston Celtics President Arnold ‘Red’ Auerbach, is in full motion this week on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. The athletic complex, The Gosman Sports and Convocation Center, is hopping with budding young male future hardcourt stars. And, isn’t it appropriate that all the games, skill sessions and lectures are held in the part of the complex that bears the basketball school boss’s name, the Red Auerbach Arena.

Ranging in ages from 12 to 18 years old, the school is full and only goes until Friday, July 11. One week only to load-up on basketball knowledge, new individual drills, work together with a new ten-man team and to meet new friends.

“If each of you can come away from this school at the end of this week learning two or three new drills or ‘tips’ to help your game, then that is tremendous and we have both succeeded,” remarked Auerbach speaking to the students. “A lot of great players (Wilt Chamberlain, Adrain Dantley, Austin Carr, Calvin Murphy, for example) all improved their individual games by attending summer basketball camps… and look where that got them. Just because its summertime and there is no school or homework, doesn’t mean you just sit around the house and do nothing. Now is the time to work on your game and where better to do it than right here. Keep finding a way to get an edge in your game, that’s the key” concluded the Celtics patriarch.

Kids play games daily at Coach Auerbach's basketball school.

“The camp is full and we are very fortunate for that,” said Steve Curley, Director of the Red Auerbach Basketball School, and a man who brings over 30 years of camp experience to the program. “We try to work with each player on as many areas of the game as we can in just a short period of time (one week), just like a teacher would with a subject in school, thus the basketball ‘school’ concept. And, we have a wonderful and dedicated staff that has returned to be with us for many years because they care and they experience the loyalty that all originates from one man… Red.”

One look at the players diving for loose balls or hustling back on defense to break-up a play or executing a perfect three-on-one fast-break which results in an easy lay-up, brings a smile not only to the player, his team and his coach but also to the coach who has been keenly watching over this school for more than the last four decades.

If you have a Paul Pierce or an Antoine Walker in the making and are interested in more information on the Red Auerbach Basketball School, visit their website at:


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