This past week, PPI-NI ran it’s 3rd annual summer basketball camp at Girls Model School in North Belfast. Growing from just over 20 children two years ago, over 50 children attended the three-day camp this year. The theme of this year’s camp was Team: Together Everyone Achieves More, and as International Fellow, Sally Nnamani put it, “our campers truly rose to the occasion taking on some new and advanced drills with effort while supporting each other.”
What may have been most exciting to see was the excitement and ease the campers had working together. They weren’t worried about being with their friends or even the children they knew from their side of the city. All 50 campers jumped right in eager to learn new skills and help one another out.
The favorite part for most campers was the matches. Monday and Tuesday teams spent the afternoon competing in preliminary matches and then on Wednesday had a playoff and final. Ryan McStravick may not have won the final, but still had a great time at camp. He said after, “my favourite part of the basketball camp was playing in the final, although we didn’t win it was still a great experience. I learned a lot about my teammates and it was also great to see the other team win too as they deserved it. The camp was great fun overall.”
PeacePlayers would also like to give a big thank you to all of our sessional coaches who volunteered their time to make this camp happen. We could not have done it without their support and enthusiasm. Nicole, one of our Fast Track Coaches, was quick to recognize the campers’ ability to learn and adapt. She said, “my favourite part of camp was seeing the participants using the skills they were taught throughout each day during their matches. It showed their dedication to the sport and their desire to work together and get better.”
Basketball camp has been a great addition to core PPI-NI programming and hopefully it continues to grow over the coming years!