Building strong, successful athletes is very important in Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55), as is developing character and improving educational outcomes. Laurens District High School (LDHS) promotes these traits through their athletic summer camps for youth in elementary and middle school.
This is the first year LDHS has hosted a youth basketball camp during the summer. The three (3) day long camp, lasting from Wednesday, June 12, 2019, to Friday, June 14, 2019, was open to both boys and girls in 1st – 8th grade. The camp, hosted by Varsity Head Coach Ryan Walker and Assistant Coach Joshua Dawkins, introduced students to the fundamentals of basketball.
“Our goal was for students to gain a better understanding of what it takes to be a basketball player,” said Dawkins. “My personal goal was to provide an outlet for students to have something to do this summer and, I hope, to gain a better opportunity to impact the community.” Dawkins also added that he hopes the students who attended the camp have learned to love the game as much as he does.
Students who attended the camp practiced a variety of basketball skills, learned about teamwork, and played competitive games amongst the attendees. The camp was a wonderful opportunity for students to expand their knowledge about basketball and to get to know the coaches and some of the LDHS basketball players.
Along with Walker and Dawkins, players from the LDHS Basketball Team assisted with the camp; including Joshua Cureton, a rising sophomore, JQ Fair, a rising junior, and Nigil Owens, a rising senior.