COS Eagles help coach camp for young basketballers
Kids and teens had the opportunity to learn hoops skills from Eagles players and coaches last week at the annual men's basketball camp. COS coaches and players from both the men’s and women’s teams helped out.
Kyle Heath, COS head men’s coach, said 66 kids attended this year: 28 in the 5-8 year-old session and 38 others under age 14.
“I hope they met a new friend or two and picked up a lifelong love of hoops,” Heath said.
Isaiah Maldonado, who took part in the session for older kids, said he had a great time.
“My favorite part of camp was all the information I got out of the college players,” Maldonado said. “Every single coach gave me information that is going to help in the future. It was fun being there. I learned a lot of new basketball moves specifically in the post, but overall great experience.”
Malia Alva, whose uncle Kody Bauman is a COS Eagle and helped coach the camp, said she like that could could ask for help if she needed it.
Camden Sanchez said he liked all the coaches "because they were nice when teaching and they were fun to be with." Camden’s father, Anthony, said he was happy his son could participate.
“As a parent I enjoyed the camp for everyone was patient, professional and the environment created was extremely welcoming,” Anthony said. “Kudos to coach Kyle, players, and camp staff for putting on a great week.”
Coach Heath said it’s important to hold the camps to give back to the kids in the community.“I like to show the local kids that if you work hard and put your mind to it, they can become college athletes just like our players,” he said.
He added that it’s a team building experience, and it's good for the COS players "to have to coach a little bit and deal with conflict and communication and come up with their own ideas for what they want to do with the kids at camp."
“They are around each other and hooping together all week so it helps them to get closer and will only make our team better moving forward," Healt added.
Campers learned jump stops, pivots, rip thrust, and how to pass, shoot and dribble. Heath said they may also have learned how to listen, communicate, and get along with different people.