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Summertime fun focuses on basketball
Photo by Timothy Ramsey
The young kids scrim
mage one another twice
a week during the camp
and are exposed to a
number of drills to
enhance their play
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
During the summer
kids, engage in many activ
ities to occupy the hours
they otherwise would have
spent at school. With all of
this free time, some kids
find themselves in situa
tions that could get them in
trouble with their parents,
or even the law.
To give kids a positive
outlet, Brian Leak of the
Carl H. Russell Sr.
Community Center runs
the Drills and Skills pro
gram at the center. Leak
started the camp in 1988 at
the 14th Street Recreation
Center and has carried the
program everywhere he has
The kids in the program
engage in skills that
enhance the fundamentals
of basketball such as drib
bling, shooting and pass
ing. Along with the physi
cal aspect of the program.
Leak invites motivational
speakers and local pastors
to come and speak to the
kids to encourage them to
stay on the right path. The
kids are also provided with
a free lunch while there.
"It's been a positive
thing to me to be able to
give back to these kids,"
Leak said. "We want to
keep the kids motivated
mind, body and spirit. We
like to talk to them about
getting in the church and
the positive things that can
come from it."
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BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
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Former Carver High School Football standout Chris Hairston
will host his first football clinic on July 15-16 at Carver High
School, 3545 Carver High School Road, for children ages 6 to 15.
The registration fee for the clinic will be $20 per child. The
clinic will focus on football development and emphasize the ..
importance of education.
Hairston grew up in East Winston most of his life and gained
interest in football by being around his family and neighborhood
S friends, who had a deep love for the game. Hairston is an offen
sive lineman who currently plays for the San Diego Chargers, h
The Buffalo Bills drafted him in 2011 after being a stand out ath
lete for the Clemson Tigers. \ v ? *
He was a stud offensive lineman for Carver High School and
was named first team All-State while playing there. He chose
Clemson over schools such as South Carolina State and Hampton .
University. While at Clemson, he was named First Team All- J
ACC his senior year, in 2011.
According to Hairston's good friend Andrew Church, who
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WSSU skills camp focuses on the basics
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
Winston-Salem State University has a storied past when it comes to
the game of basketball. With legendary coach Clarence "Big House"
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Hill, and sports columnist and commentator Stephen A. Smith,
the Ram's impact on the game cannot be denied.
On June 27 through 29, WSSU held its annual basketball
camp inside Whitaker gymnasium. -The. camp hosted kids
from second to fifth grades in the mornings, then sixth through
eighth grades during the afternoon session.
According to WSSU basketball head coach James
Welhelmi, they want to concentrate on the fundamentals of the
game. With the kids watching and emulating how they see the
NBA players performing on television, they lose sight of the
fact that all of those players started with mastering the basics
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"We just want to try and instill some fundamentals in them," said
Welhelmi. "At this stage of their games they need to learn how to pass,
dribble and shoot, so we just go through fundamental drills with them.
We also want to teach them how to compete because that's a lost aspect
in many young people's game."
Passing, shooting, rebounding and playing witn energy are
a few of the aspects of the camp the coaches wanted the
campers to focus on. Andrew Brown, assistant coach and
camp director, played college basketball at Mercer University
and just finished his first season with the Rams. He said being
at WSSU is a very good situation for him and he is happy to be
there to teach the kids.
He said he wants the campers to be able to take the tools
they leam from the camp and use them when they practice at
"I want the kids to leam how to work hard and how to com
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Photo by Timothy Rw)
Dribbling is a funda
mental the staff of the
camp wanted to empha- |
size to the young play