WASHINGTON – For the third consecutive year the "Runnin Bison" Fundamental Basketball Camps hosted by Gallaudet University men's basketball head coach Brendan Stern were successful. The first camp was held June 16-19 at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif., and the second camp took place June 22-27 at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas. Both camps had over 65 participants (boys and girls ages 7-18), who were deaf, hard of hearing and hearing and represented nine different states (Ala., Ariz., Ark., Calif., Fla., Ind., Ky., Okla., Texas).
"The 3rd annual "Runnin' Bison" camp in Austin and Fremont was a roaring success. It was rewarding to see how much our campers learned about the beautiful game of basketball, and how our camp counselors took a personal interest in each camper to help them improve and enjoy their time at the camp," said Stern.
"I would like to extend special thanks to the California School for the Deaf, Fremont and Texas School for the Deaf, our camp directors, Kevin Kovacs, Brian Sipek, and Chris Hamilton, our camp staff, all of whom volunteered their time and energy, and most importantly, all of the parents who sent their kids to the camp. If not for their support, the camp wouldn't have been possible."
Camp participants learned basketball fundamentals focusing on individual offense and defense skills, played in three-on-three and five-on-five leagues, competed in free throw and hot shot competitions during the camp. Awards were given out for Station Master, Most Improved and Most Outstanding campers.
Coach Stern wants to continue the camps in Austin and Fremont and has plans to expand camp offerings to the East Coast. Future locations and dates will be announced later this fall.