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Basketball 101
by Damian Tromerhauser
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Mary Dettling (center above) comforts Adia Walker (right) during a drill at the Jam On It basketball camp Tuesday morning.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Mary Dettling (center above) comforts Adia Walker (right) during a drill at the Jam On It basketball camp Tuesday morning.
Winter break can be a time when kids grow restless and want to get out and play. Luckily for local kids, the Reed girls basketball team has teamed up with the Jam On It Basketball Academy for a second straight year to offer kids a chance during the break to get out of the house while also learning the game of basketball.

“You get to compete and have fun while you’re on break,” Darius Vandyke, 11, said. “I’m learning how to pivot and all that. A lot of stretches too. The girls might be high schoolers, but you can still learn a lot from them. And they won’t be mean about coaching you.”

Reed coach Sara Schopper said the camp is a good experience for both the campers and the girls on her team.

“It’s fun to watch the little guys and the bigger guys all in one gym, playing and getting after it,” Schopper said. “It’s a lot of fun. We bring in the small hoops for the little guys because they all want to score and shoot.”

“My varsity girls and my JV girls are helping out and they’re doing a great job. They’re coaching, demonstrating drills, running baskets. They’re being coaches basically. I’ve taught them and now they’re teaching the younger kids. They enjoy it. They like coming in here and helping. Most of them started basketball in a camp, so they like to get out there and play with the little dribblers.”

Founded in 1991, ‘Jam On It’ has offered a popular basketball camp. Nearly 80 kids are attending the sessions at Reed this week.

“It gives the kids a chance to work some of their holiday laziness off,” Matt Williams, Founder and CEO of ‘Jam On It,’ said. “That’s important to keep them healthy. And it also gives them a chance to get some real structured fundamentals before they move to their regular leagues.”

Open to kids from kindergarten to eighth grade, all age groups enjoy the experience.

Margaurite Buddy, brought her daughters Parker, 11, and Beyonca, 5, to the camp.

“It’s good for the kids, especially for the different age groups,” Buddy said. “The older kids will learn more about the fundamentals of the game. There’s a lot of different drills to build on their confidence. And the little ones are just having a good time, playing during winter break and making some new friends while getting the basics down.”

“I’m learning how to dribble and do basketball stuff,” Beyonca Buddy said. “I like it.”

Six-year-old Adia Walker echoed those sentiments.

“I’m learning a lot,” Walker said. “My favorite part is learning the drills. I’m making a lot of baskets, but we’re still working on my defense.”

However, the local youths attending the camp aren’t the only ones learning from the program.

“It’s so fun because you get to help kids become better basketball players,” Reed sophomore Tina Vernon said. “At the same time, it’s helping you too. We teach the kids the fundamentals of basketball. They’re learning how to catch and rebound and dribble. We’re teaching a lot of defense too, so when they go into a game they know how to play defense too.

“It’s team bonding for us. It’s basically like a practice, but we’re doing stuff together, so it’s team bonding. So when we get on the court, we are more of a team and not just five people playing basketball by ourselves.

The camp, which began on Monday and ends Thursday, runs from 9 a.m.

4 p.m.

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