Basketball camp in Boston offers hoop dreams for Muslim girls
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For Jamad Fiin, who grew up in a Somali Muslim community in Boston, playing basketball wasn’t as easy for her to do as, say, her brothers. Not that she didn’t have the skills or the drive. The problem was that she was a girl.
“It was considered a bad look in our community,” Finn tells In The Know, to be on the court with a bunch of boys. “There’s the stigma that Muslim women, they just stay home, they just cook and clean. Like, they’re not their own person, basically.”
But that didn’t stop Fiin, who kept shooting hoops with her brothers and playing the game whenever she could. After all, as the young college student says, “Muslim girls can hoop, too, and play sports, too.”
Realizing that her daughter was thriving in the sport, Finn’s mom ignored the calls from people in their community who criticized her for playing — or for even wearing shorts.
“I let her go,” her mom adds, “and it will save her.”
Then, in high school, when Fiin and her friends played at a local community center, young girls started joining them. But Fiin wasn’t exactly interested in playing with kids.
“I’d rather just help them,” she says.
A sense of community
That’s where her idea for starting a youth organization focused on basketball took flight. Fiin turned her love of the game into something meaningful — not just for her but for other Muslim girls as well. In 2019, Fiin created the Jamad Basketball Camps, a Boston-based organization where she is CEO.
Two summers ago was her first time launching the camp, and she says, 10 to 15 girls showed up. That initial number might have been modest, but she says those 10 girls showed a lot of love for the sport. The following year numbers grew to 50 or 60 girls, and Fiin noticed the bonds that were forming, the passion that was being stoked.
“It just shows how they didn’t have any sense of community for basketball,” she says. “And now they have this whole community where they play all the time.”
The self-described influencer, who counts 1.1 million followers on TikTok and more than 400,000 followers on Instagram, is a role model for young girls who want to play sports but can’t “because of restrictions of religious or cultural reasons.”
“My biggest goal is to open up an all-girls facility where they can be comfortable playing basketball,” Fiin adds. Seeing them play, seeing them improve, and watching their confidence grow has inspired the young CEO.
And so far, she’s achieving her goal of bringing girls to the game and offering opportunities to build confidence and improve their skills.
“I think what she does here is great, especially for the Muslim community. She’s just an inspirational person,” says one young basketball player. “Not a lot of young Muslim girls are able to do what they love without being too scared to do it. Jamad started that journey for them.”
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Leon Powe shares life lessons at Boston Celtics basketball camp – Sports – Wicked Local Waltham
WALTHAM – Leon Powe could have told any number of compelling stories when he spoke with about three dozen young basketball players at the Boston Celtics Summer Camps last week.
He could have told the mostly middle school boys and girls who are too young to remember his three seasons with the Celtics that included the 2008 NBA championship all about trying to make it out of the tough streets of Oakland. He could have told them about growing up in a single-parent home after his father left when he was 2 years old. He could have told them about the times he shuttled from place to place after his apartment burned down when he was 7, and his mother struggled to gain her footing with a growing family.
Or about the times he spent balancing basketball with looking after his six younger brothers and sisters. Or how he tried to provide for all of them after their mother died four days before his state championship game his junior year.
Or about the knee surgeries — all five of them. The first major one he had in high school. The second one he had at the University of California. The third he had as a member of the Boston Celtics in his third pro season when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus just weeks before he would have likely received his first major NBA payday.
Powe, 32, would play in just 50 more NBA games, as well as stints in the Las Vegas Summer League and Puerto Rico in hopes of reviving his career, before walking away in 2012.
He could have told those stories for hours and watched jaws drop, and perhaps even eyes well up, among the kids on the practice parquet. Instead, he told them about his grades.
“I decide that by seeing what’s the age group of my audience,” he said of the intensity of the subject matter. “I could talk about a number of different things. I could talk about financial stuff. I could talk about living situations. I could talk about all the ups and downs I went through with surgeries and everything. But it just depends on what message is needed at that time.”
Mind over matter
On this day, he went with the story about a directionless kid. He told the campers that when he finally did find something that motivated him — basketball — he worked hard on the court to make the Oakland Tech team his freshman year, only to be academically ineligible.
“I had a 1.83 grade-point average — raise your hand if you think that’s good,” he said to a collection of arms nestled low to the hardwood. “I let the team down. I let down people who believed in me.”
He said he made it his mission never to let them down again. He got up at 5 a.m. every day to go in for extra help before school started at 8:30. After school and on weekends, he dedicated his time to basketball, playing against anyone he could — including college players in the Bay Area. He told his friends, who could be a bad influence, he couldn’t hang out with them anymore.
By his senior year, his GPA was 3.8, he was a star player on a two-time state finalist, and was one of the top high school recruits in the country.
Along with LeBron James.
“We were right there,” he said of a stretch when he was on the same Oakland Soldiers AAU team that included James and former Celtics teammate Kendrick Perkins. “We were in competition. There was a time when we joined forces together. But it was always a competition between me and him.
“Unfortunately, I got some injuries. That’s why I talk about perseverance. Stuff happens. Life happens. Then you’ve got to see how you are going to bounce back and how you are going to deal with it. ”
Making it to the NBA
Powe played two seasons at California before declaring for the 2006 NBA Draft. Despite spectacular college numbers, his injury history hurt his stock and he went late in the second round with a pick the Denver Nuggets traded to the Celtics.
“To see guys like Leon Powe, who struggled early in life, and overcame, and overcame, and overcame, is spectacular,” Celtics Summer Camps director Joe Amorosino Sr. said. “This kid never really made the Celtics. Every summer, he had to go to a summer league. This kid went to the nth degree to be where he is today. You’ve got to marvel at that.”
Powe managed to get in 63 games as a rookie before playing 56 in the regular season his second year when the Celtics won their 17th championship. In Game Two of the NBA Finals, Powe came off the bench and scored 21 points in less than 15 minutes of a 108-102 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers.
“You could almost say that if he wasn’t a part of that team, they don’t win a championship,” said Celtics Summer Camps head instructor Scott MacKenzie. “The message to the kids is that if you happen to run into tough times, they won’t always be tough.”
Staying in the game
After playing 70 games for the Celtics the next season, Powe’s hopes of becoming an NBA star were dashed once and for all, when his left knee betrayed him for good. But he sought to stay in the game any way he could. In 2014, the Celtics brought him back as a basketball operations assistant and he is now preparing to enter his third season with the team in player development and community relations.
“Whether you’re a player who retired, or you walked away because of injuries, you loved the game,” Powe said. “That’s what you’ve been doing since you were a kid. That’s all I knew. When [the career-ending injuries] happened, it was devastating. Stuff didn’t seem like it was going to work out. But I picked myself up.
Powe’s overriding message to aspiring players is the importance of working hard to achieve your dream, but then work just as hard on your second option if, despite your best efforts, you have to change course in life. In his case, he wants to work his way into an NBA front office.
“Sometimes your option A doesn’t work out,” he said. “So what is your option B? In basketball, there are a lot of opportunities for things you can do.”
Scott Souza can be reached at 781-398-8006 or [email protected]
Celtics Player Walter McCarty at Celtics Cowens Basketball Camps
(WALTHAM, MA) August 14, 2013 – Reading, MA basketball players joined former Boston Celtics player Walter McCarty at the Celtics Cowens Camps at the Boston Celtics Training Facility at Healthpoint. McCarty played seven and a half seasons for the Celts, brought his skills and acumen to the camp as a guest lecturer and instructor.
Photo Caption 2: Celtics Cowens Camps Waltham program coordinator Jim Bakeman (left), a native of Stoneham and basketball coach at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, with Walter McCarty and Joe Amorosino, general manager/supervisor of Celtics Cowens Camps.
Guest lecturers from the Celtics organization have been attending throughout the summer. Camps were also held throughout the summer at Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, MA, and The University Sports Complex in Hanover, MA.
For more information on the Celtics Cowens Camps presented by Reebok, including pricing and availability, please visit www.celtics.com/camps.
About The Celtics Cowens Camps
Dave Cowens, Celtics Legend and Basketball Hall of Fame member, has teamed up with the Boston Celtics again to offer the Celtics Cowens camps, hosted by Reebok. The camps offer summer basketball instruction for the kids of New England. “The Celtics Cowens Camps presented by Reebok is a way for young boys and girls to come together to expand their skills both on and off the court,” Celtics Senior Vice President Ted Dalton said. “These children will learn essential skills to enhance their basketball techniques as well as life skills such as teamwork, leadership and responsibility. Our management team, including Dave Cowens and Joe Amorosino, have over 50 years of camp and coaching experience, and they hire the best staff in New England. Children learn how to play basketball the ‘Celtics Way’ and have a great time.”
CONTACTS: Heather Walker, Boston Celtics – (Office) 617-854-8072 (Cell) 617-594-4453
Stephen Ciaccio, Regan Communications – Office: 617-488-2891 Mobile: 781-254-9405
BC Campus Recreation – Summer Day Camp
Keep your kids active, socially engaged, and entertained at Boston College Recreational Day Camp! Here children will have a safe and fun place where they can participate in a variety of games, crafts, and group activities.
Kickball, water balloon games, Ga Ga Ball, and pool time are just a few of the things that keep our camp schedule packed! Activities will be varied on a daily basis to make sure the campers have opportunities to play some traditional favorites and learn some awesome new games as well. Our camp counselors work hard to make sure everyone has fun, stays safe, and enjoys their time at camp. Check out some of the fun we’ve had over the past few summers in our Flickr album!
As with the Boston College tradition, we strive to follow the motto ‘Ever to excel’. Our staff is dedicated to providing the best camp experience possible. Each session is dedicated to give the children a healthy outlet for their energy, a fun environment to meet friends, and a safe place to be themselves.
Schedule & Activities
Camp programming combines a variety of recreational activities. Camp begins each morning with an all camp stretch and group activity. Campers will then separate into their respective groups and rotate between the various locations inside and outside the Margot Connell Recreation Center.
The pool is one of the camper highlights of the day. Campers will be tested to assess their swim level. Campers who pass the swim test may enjoy time in the dive well which has two 1-meter diving boards, also a camper favorite!
The indoor MAC (Multi Activity Court) and outdoor recreational spaces are areas where campers play four-square, dodgeball and other group games. Campers will also participate in group recreational games such as ‘jail’, ‘king of the court’, and ‘messy backyard’.
The class room is an indoor spot where campers can cool down and participate in activities such as arts and crafts, board games, trivia, and dance.
Camp concludes each week with ‘Fun Fridays’, which consist of a series of relay races and other team activities, and a lunchtime pizza party.
Behn Basketball Camp for Girls and Boys Launches New Website for 2012 Summer Basketball Camp Season in New England
Our goal is to help as many young players as possible receive the top level coaching offered at these camps.
Boston, MA (PRWEB)
March 16, 2012
Full day, half day, and overnight basketball camps for girls and boys age 6 to 17 are now offered by Behn Basketball Camps in more than 20 locations around Boston and across Eastern Massachusetts. These programs include a variety of opportunities for young basketball players to improve their skills in a safe and fun environment. Specialty camps include Vacation Clinics, Pre-Season Camps, and High School Elite Basketball Camps.
The new website, found online at BehnCamp.com offers a variety of user friendly tools to assist in the navigation and registration process. A leading web design company from British Columbia, Canada called Vibe9Design worked closely with the Behn Basketball Camp team in the development process. Says Office Manager Lisa Downs, “We’re very happy with the recent launch of BehnCamp.com and are now heading into our peak basketball camp registration season in top shape. Our goal is to help as many young players as possible receive the top level coaching offered at these camps.”
About Behn Camps
Behn Basketball Camp was founded in 1994 in two locations around the Boston area. Since then there have been over 27,000 successful graduates. Behn Camp is a member of the US Sports Camps network of outstanding summer youth basketball camps throughout the world.
Players, coaches, parents and members of the media interested in learning more about Behn Camps are invited to visit http://www.BehnCamp.com or phone toll-free 1-877-BEHNCAMP.
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Once a Viral Sensation, Boston’s Jamad Fiin Inspires Youth One Layup at a Time – NBC Boston
For Jamad Fiin, it was a routine shot.
It happened on an ordinary day in 2016 at Clarence Jones Park in the heart of Roxbury, one of the Boston courts where the Emmanuel College basketball standout learned to play the game.
Twenty-one years old at the time, Fiin and her friends decided to accept a challenge to play a pickup game.
Dribbling from one end of the court to the other dressed in a traditional Muslim hijab and dress, Fiin smoothly wove between her opponents to the hoop for a lefty layup.
Nothing fancy: the ball bounced off the backboard and through the net.
Little did she know the shot would change her life — and those of many others.
Six months later, Fiin learned a friend had secretly taken her phone and recorded the play. When she found the video in her camera roll, she sent it along to her cousin, who posted it on Twitter.
Fiin could never have predicted what happened next.
“I just want people to, if they see me with my scarf, just know that I’m a Muslim woman, I play basketball; I can do the same things that other women can do.”
The Twitter “likes” and views on Facebook began to skyrocket and Fiin’s phone blew up with texts from friends congratulating her for going viral.
“I didn’t think nothing of it,” Finn recalled. It wasn’t until the next morning she realized she had become an overnight internet sensation. “I finally realized in the morning when I woke up and everybody was texting me how viral and crazy it went.”
The video — and the empowering sight of a young woman hooping in traditional Muslim garb — electrified the basketball world and drew the attention of musicians Drake, Lil Baby and OverTime as well as Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown.
“They didn’t really expect a Muslim girl dressed in the scarf and a skirt to actually play basketball,” she said. “It’s not really on social media, just like a Muslim girl hooping in a dress.”
Since then, Fiin has leveraged her viral fame to help others, starting a camp to empower young women through basketball — all while helping lead her team at Emmanuel College to multiple championships.
But her basketball journey has been far from easy.
Growing up in Boston in a Muslim Somali family, basketball was, in a literal sense, always nearby for Fiin.
That’s because her family’s mosque was located near Timilty Park, where she and her brothers would often drop by to play pickup ball.
The Fiin family
Once she started playing at the age of 12, Fiin was hooked, playing every chance she could at Timilty or with her friends at the local YMCA.
She quickly picked up basketball skills, but her work ethic was even more notable: Finn would wake up at 5 a. m. to work out at the YMCA, where she would return after school for more drills.
But as her enthusiasm grew, so too did the concerns of her mother, Yasmin, who would get calls from other Somali parents questioning her decision to let Fiin play.
You know, people… they’re afraid because they knew the influence Jamad (was) going to have on their kids.
“I just (felt) shame because it’s not normal for our culture, even our religion,” Yasmin recalled.
On the court, Fiin said she could feel the surprise of spectators who weren’t used to seeing a young Muslim woman play basketball.
Fiin’s father, Hussean, remembers driving her to different courts until they found one where she felt welcome.
“You know, people… they’re afraid because they knew the influence Jamad (was) going to have on their kids,” Hussean Fiin said.
Fiin’s girlfriends declined her invitations to play, leaving the Boston Latin student — dressed in her hijab, long sleeves and leggings under her shorts — as the only female Muslim player at her community court.
Fiin during her playing days at Boston Latin School.
Eventually, Fiin found a community center in Roxbury where she could hone her skills alongside others from the Somali community.
After graduating high school, Fiin went on to play one season at Clark University in Worcester before transferring to Emmanuel her sophomore year, where she would help lead the Saints to back-to-back Great Northeast Athletic Conference championships.
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Fiin and her team after capturing the GNAC title in 2020.
Andrew Yosinoff, the head women’s basketball coach and associate athletic director at Emmanuel, describes Fiin — now a senior captain — as intensely charismatic.
“All her teammates just look up to her,” he said. “I mean, she gets along with everyone… She just has that warm outgoing personality that you have to like her. ”
The rest of the world was finding out about Fiin’s uplifting personality as well.
“I didn’t have a role model that looked like me.”
After her video went viral, Fiin’s social media following on Twitter, YouTube and TikTok skyrocketed. The same was true on Instagram, where Drake began following her. She used her newfound platforms to post videos of her slick ball-handling skills, attracting more fans to her accounts.
In 2019, Fiin launched the “Jamad Basketball Camps,” a camp for girls in Ohio, which has a large Somali community, aiming to empower a younger generation of female hoopers, including Muslim girls.
The free camps build skills through drills Fiin has learned over the years, as well as a healthy dose of her signature positivity.
Fiin’s father recalled a time at one of her camps when a friend admitted it was the first time he “saw girls playing and boys sitting and watching.”
With the success of the camps, Fiin expanded to other cities, holding sessions in Toronto and Boston.
The endeavor attracted the attention of Drake — an NBA superfan — who helped Fiin hold the camp at the Toronto Raptors’ practice facility.
Fiin leads a basketball clinic in Toronto at the Raptors’ practice facility.
Fiin describes the camps, which she hopes will reach cities across the globe, as “someplace where the girls can have their day.”
Yosinoff says Fiin’s impact is immediate.
“Jamad has given young Muslim girls the feeling that they can accomplish something on the basketball court,” he said. “She’s just an amazing inspiration for all young boys and girls, especially in the Muslim community.”
Fiin plans to continue running the Jamad Basketball Camps for as long as she can while she pursuing a career in biology.
For her, basketball will always be more than a game.
“I just want people to, if they see me with my scarf, just know that I’m a Muslim woman, I play basketball; I can do the same things that other women can do,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m Muslim or not. We have the same rights that other people do.”
Boston College Eagles Men’s Basketball Skills Camp
Join the Boston College Eagles Men’s Basketball Skills Camp. It is going to take place at the state of the art Flynn Recreation Complex and Conte Forum, the home court of the Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team. This basketball training camp is a four-day event that will run from the 23rd of July until the 26th of July. The training program is open to all boys 7 to 14 years old at any skill level. It is specially intended for those who are looking to improve their all-around game. The camp includes shooting, ball handling, defense, rebounding, and passing drills. In addition, this basketball camp will run daily from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The camp registration fee includes a free Under Armour Camp T-shirt.
Moreover, this basketball camp will be under the direction of the Boston College Eagles men’s basketball coaching staff. It is set to maintain a 1:10 staff to camper ratio. All the camp instructions and groupings are in accordance with the participant’s age and skill level.
What to Bring to the Boston College Eagles Men’s Basketball Skills Camp
- Basketball shoes, tennis shoes, several pairs of shorts, T-shirts, socks, and supporters for practices.
- Spending money for snacks and various camp store items.
- Waiver, Trainer’s Copy, Pick up Authorization, and Physical
About Boston College
Boston College is a private, nonprofit, coeducational, Catholic university in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It is also part of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the 568 Group. Boston College is one of the nation’s top performing academic institution. As a matter of fact, is 32nd in the National Universities, 2018 edition of the US News and World Reports Best Colleges rankings. It is also 41st in the Best Value Schools rankings. Currently, the college accommodates around 14,100 students. The college is with a student to faculty ratio of 12 is to 1. Furthermore, Boston College has 25 intercollegiate athletics teams. They are campaigning in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) of National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division 1. They call themselves the Eagles. Additionally, maroon and gold are the Boston College athletics official colors and Baldwin the Eagle is their official mascot.
Boston College Eagles Men’s Basketball Skills Camp Organizers
Leading the Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team is Head Coach Jim Christian, a native of Bethpage, New York. Coach Jim Christian is now in his fifth season at the reins of the Boston Eagles men’s basketball program. He is a bachelor’s degree in consumer affairs graduate from the University of Rhode Island. Coach Jim Christian was a standout college basketball player himself. He was part of the Rhode Island Rams 1988 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen team. Moreover, Coach Jim Christian is the 2012-13 NABC District 14 Coach of the Year. He is also a two-time AC Coach of the Year (2006 and 2008).
Completing the Boston Eagles men’s basketball coaching staff are assistant coaches Scott Spinelli, Bill Wuczynski, and Chris Cheeks. Dan McDermott is the Director of Basketball Operations.
College Basketball Exposure Camp
Boston College Eagles,
Join the Boston College Eagles Men’s Basketball Skills Camp from the 23rd of July until the 26th of July. It will take place at the state-of-the-art Flynn Recreation Complex and Conte Forum, the home court of the Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team. This basketball camp is open to all boys 7 to 14 years of age at any skill level.
Milton Basketball Camp, USA
- Type of educational institution : CAMP, SPORTS TRAINING
- Age : 8 – 18
- Language : ENGLISH
- Required language level : A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2
- Target : Conversational Practice, Learning, Sports
- Intensity of lessons : no lessons, 15 hours per week
- Location , Milton, MA
- Airport : BOS (Boston, MA, USA)
- Sports : Basketball, kinball, volleyball, handball
- Residence : Residence
- Accommodation : 2, shared toilet and bathroom, separate toilet and bathroom
- Infrastructure : outdoor pool, city, nature
- Dates : 24.06.2018 – 03.08.2018
- Entry Requirements : No
- Difficulty level : Medium
- Price per week (in EURO) : 1352. 30
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. This sport is still the most popular in the United States: the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship has been the strongest national club tournament in the world for over 50 years. Where, if not in the USA, can you learn to play this game?
Interestingly, the very history of the emergence of this sport.In the winter of 1891, college students in Springfield, Massachusetts, got bored with endless gymnastic exercises, considered at that time almost the only means of introducing young people to sports. College teacher James Naismith tied two peach baskets to the railing of the gymnasium balcony and, dividing eighteen students into two teams, offered them a game that boiled down to throwing more balls into the opponents’ basket. The popularity of the new game grew rapidly: by the beginning of the 20th century, many professional basketball teams appeared in the United States. In 1946, the Basketball Association of America was founded, and after 3 years – it merged with the National Basketball League, thus forming the now famous NBA.
The Milton Basketball Camp is hosted by Nike’s Official Operator, specializing in sports programs for children and young people. The motto of the camp organizers: “Formation of pleasure in sports among young people through high-quality sports training and providing all conditions for advanced training in a particular sport, exceeding customer expectations!”
The company was founded in 1975, and today it is the largest network of sports and health camps in the United States.The company’s management gathers the best US coaches for their camps, conducts a competent administrative and marketing policy. During the summer of 2013, more than 65,000 children from the United States and other countries of the world took part in their sports camps.
The success of the camps continues to grow thanks to a well-structured policy of leadership and dedication to popularize and develop sports among the youth of all staff.
For kids from all over the world, sport-specific camps are offered throughout the United States and Canada.There are 15 different sports programs offered for different age groups and in different US cities.
The program of the stay includes not only sports, but also interesting excursions on weekends, classes in English. Children from other countries are training with American children, which gives a great chance to practice English. Accommodation is organized on the basis of colleges and schools, which guarantees excellent conditions and comfort.
Sports basketball camp and language learning in the USA! Immerse yourself in basketball, make new friends on and off the team while improving your language skills!
Key Features of the Basketball Camp:
- Real Bucketball Skill Improvement
- experienced linguistic language teachers and professional basketball coaching
- individual approach to each young athlete – the training program is adapted to the age and skill level of each child
- accommodation on campuses of the best US colleges
- new friends from the USA
- interesting excursion program for the weekend
- English lessons 5 days a week
Residence: Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts. Milton is one of the most beautiful towns in the USA. Located just seven miles from downtown Boston, the college offers a highly developed infrastructure. adapted to the needs of young people. The college has its own indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a comfortable air-conditioned residential campus, spacious modern dining rooms, tennis courts:
- indoor and outdoor basketball courts
- football field
- ball hockey court
- golf course
- indoor soccer hall
- softball court
- tennis courts
- volleyball court
The residential campus is landscaped, high-quality food is offered, several dishes to choose from, so that each child can choose what he likes.The bedrooms are for 2 people. At the same time, the resettlement is carried out in such a way that an American of the same age becomes a neighbor of a foreign athlete. Toilets and showers on each floor.
Security: 24-hour control is an essential element when organizing a camp. Employees live next to the children and participate in all activities with them.
There is a medical worker in the camp, many trainers are licensed to provide emergency medical services.There is a hospital not far from the campus.
Program: Language & Basketball
from the very first day of their stay in the camp, the guys have been playing basketball. In the morning 3 hours of English lessons (15 hours a week). After lunch, basketball. This is the perfect balance for international athletes looking to improve their English but also want to be good basketball players. The sports program is designed for 30 hours of training and basketball. The peculiarity of the camp is the highest level of sports coaching and an extremely favorable ratio of the number of coaches to the number of students.The emphasis in training is on the general physical fitness of young athletes, on improving the skills of team play.
In the evenings, fun activities and activities are offered, in which, along with foreign guests of the camp, local American boys and girls also participate. Each camp participant will receive a branded T-shirt, yearbook, and other wonderful souvenirs from NIKE as a keepsake.
90,069 90,000 Russian referees visited referee camps in the USA
As part of the exchange of experience and obtaining modern referee technologies and teaching methods, two groups from the Educational and Methodological Commission of the Russian Basketball Federation visited American referee camps.
Daniel Adeyemi (Yekaterinburg) went to the Court Club Elite Camp in Philadelphia in mid-June. The participants in this event – mainly the NCAA Division 1 referees, as well as the NBA D-League – worked under the guidance of such famous referees as Ed Rush (former director of NBA referees), Joe Crawford (referee of 50 NBA finals), Mike Callahan ( referee of the 7th game of the finals of the NBA-2016), Brent Barnacki (referee of the NBA), Dave Libby (referee of 8 finals of “March Madness”) and others.
The main motivation for learning is not only how to make the right decisions on site, but how to come to those decisions, how to work under pressure. Great attention was paid to the transfer of knowledge, work in a team of judges before, during and after the game, interaction and communication with all participants in the game, physical and psychological preparation and their relationship, planning their training at different stages of the season and in the off-season, the development of leadership and personal qualities.
In addition to theoretical lessons, participants judged games from one of the East Coast Freshman Summer Championships, followed by detailed video footage of those matches.
Springfield also hosted the annual NCAA referee camp during the Summer Undergraduate Basketball League. It was attended by a delegation of RBF judges (Fedor Dmitriev – head of the RBF educational and methodological commission and judge Artem Lavrukhin).
Our delegation was interested in the referee training system in America. The level of the teams was high, and the instructors were 6 current NBA judges – James Williams (# 60), Matt Boland (# 18), Josh Tiven (# 58), Ben Taylor (# 46), Kevin Scott (# 28) and Mark Lindsay (# 29), women’s NBA referee Jeff Smith (# 15), NCAA referee John Gaffney, NBA referee training instructor Al Batista, and Boston secretary team chief Dave Boland.
After the matches, a detailed analysis of the work of the whole team and each referee with an instructor took place. Not a single detail of the referee’s work was overlooked, to which little attention was paid – the position of the referee, his eyes, body corpus, informal and official cooperation, help and courage in making important decisions, exit and assistance in difficult game situations during the match.
This seminar lasted three days – from early morning until 10 pm, when the debriefing was over and the program for the next day was drawn up with appointments for the matches.
The NBA referees tried to break down the basic interpretations not of violations and fouls, but of the actions of the players, their behavior before and during the game. They showed how it works in the NBA – in the best league in the world, shared their experience and listened with pleasure to how this is interpreted in Europe.
At the end of the training, the Russian referees presented their best practices for training referees: a training program, pre-game training, recommendations for managing the game. In response, we received a lot of information and literature, agreed on a joint exchange of experience and received an invitation to visit this referee camp next year.
Russian referees also visited the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, the home arena of the Boston Celtics and visited the University of Buffalo.
90,000 Sports summer camp in the USA FLS International – English + basketball, Boston, 15+
The language school of English FLS International was founded in 1986. The school is located in several cities in America, such as: Boston, Glendora (California), Las Vegas, Cookville (Tennessee), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), Jersey City (New Jersey), Vishan Viejo (California). The FLS International Language Center is based at American colleges and universities. The school offers high quality English language programs for students from all over the world. Highly qualified teachers have extensive experience working with international students. FLS International is accredited by ACCET (The Accrediting Council For Continuing Education & Training) & CEA (The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation). One of the advantages of the center is that all language centers are located in a safe and supportive environment.
Fisher College – is a non-government college that was founded in 1903 in Boston. The college offers undergraduate programs as well as short-term academic programs. The college is small, so classes are held in small groups and students can contact the teacher for any question. Fisher College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Received an offer from the USA, but returned home
Jonas came to basketball when he was 11 years old.He had good physical data, but – most importantly – talent that was seen from a distance. The Zherebko family often traveled to the States, at least twice a year, and at first, Yunas began to attend summer basketball camps at Syracuse University and Canesia College, which he heard about from his father. Chris constantly told his son about his performance in the United States. Once in the States, Foaly met Syracuse coach Jim Beheim and his assistant Bernie Fine, who worked with Chris in the late 1970s. After a lengthy discussion of the candidacy of Jonas, he was nevertheless taken to Syracuse, although they did not show much interest in him.West Virginia and Buffalo Universities have been more pushy. In the end, Jonas wrote a letter intending to play for Buffalo, his father’s hometown, and in 2005 was enrolled in university and received a scholarship. That same summer, he received an invitation to play at the U20 European Championship. Not bad for an 18-year-old!
After weighing all the pros and cons, in the same 2005 Zherebko still refused the scholarship and decided to return to Sweden, where he was offered a contract by the team from the second Swedish league “Boras Basket”.The 18-year-old rookie’s stats were amazing: 20 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 19 games. European scouts closely monitored the market, and already next summer such basketball giants as Real Madrid and Italy’s Treviso laid eyes on Jonas. However, the young man chose to stay at home and signed a contract with Plannja Basket, the best team in his country. There he again became one of the leaders and in the 2006/2007 season averaged 10.0 points and 5 rebounds in 22 matches.
At 22, moved to the NBA
In Sweden, Zherebko worked hard in the gym and became a more athletic player. In the summer of 2007 he received an invitation from the Italian club “Angelico Biella” and changed his registration for the next two years. Two years in the Apennines passed pretty quickly (in the last season for the Italian team, he scored 9.2 points and made 5.5 rebounds and helped her get to the playoff semifinals), but it was necessary to move on. Due to participation in the playoffs of the Italian championship, Zherebko arrived at the training camp in Treviso (by the way, he was lucky enough to work with Rimas Kurtinaitis there) only on the day of its closing, but in less than a day he managed to impress the American scouts so much that he immediately became be considered a first-round pick in the 2009 draft.
Zherebko arrived in the States later than other would-be NBA players. The young Swede was confident in his abilities and immediately began training in Phoenix. In the 12 days leading up to the draft, it was watched by eight NBA clubs, and the odds of the coveted pick were increasing. “I am delighted. No matter what happens, I know that I will definitely be selected in the draft, ”Zherebko said then. As a result, he was drafted, but not in the first round, but in the second. At the 39th peak, he went to Detroit, for which he spent six excellent years.
Spent ten years in the NBA
Foal became the second NBA draft pick after Miles Simon from Sweden. His career in the best league in the world began, to put it mildly, not very smoothly: in one of the preseason matches, Jonas was accused of punching the veteran of the League, participant of the 2004 All-Star Game Jamaal Magloir in the face. Both players were suspended for one regular season match, but this episode turned Zherebko even stronger. He made a great debut for Detroit and became one of the fan favorites. Following the results of the debut season, the Swede was selected to the second symbolic five of the NBA rookies. In his first season, he played 80 games (73 – in the “start”), averaging 9.3 points, 6 rebounds and 1 interception in almost 28 minutes, which is quite solid for a European rookie.
On October 5, 2010, during the preseason match with the Miami Heat, Foaly landed badly and was injured, which turned into a real nightmare. The doctors’ diagnosis sounded like a verdict: a ruptured Achilles tendon on the right leg, which automatically meant a missed 2010/2011 season.Detroit supported their player and in December 2011, after Zherebko returned to the site, signed a four-year contract with him. As a result, Zherebko spent six seasons for the Pistons (five years, taking into account the 2010/2011 season skip), which included 303 matches (88 at the start). 90,069 90,140 In February 2015, after playing just 46 matches for Detroit, Foaly, along with Italian Luigi Datome, was sent to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Teyshon Prince. Season 2014/2015 Jonas played out in Boston, for which he spent 29 matches and showed good statistics: 7.1 point, 4.8 rebounds and 1 assist in 18.2 minutes. In the summer of 2015, the Celtics renewed Zherebko’s contract, and he played two more years for the Boston club. In the summer of 2017, he moved to Utah, for which he spent one season.
Played in the NBA Finals
Last summer, Foaly was invited to the Golden State Warriors, and in one of the first matches (symbolically that it was a game against the former Swede Utah team) he became the main character of the ending, scoring the winning throw 0.3 seconds before the final siren, bringing the “warriors” victory (124-123).In November 2018, he made his 11th double-double of an overseas career with 14 points and 13 rebounds against Atlanta. In December, he updated his personal record with 23 points against Dallas. As a result, the Golden State finished first in their conference, without much difficulty reached the NBA Finals, where they unexpectedly lost to the Canadian Cinderella from Toronto. Zherebko played 16 games in the playoffs, but got less than eight minutes, during which he managed to gain only 2.1 points.
“Tore apart” the Russian national team at EuroBasket 2013
Zherebko made his debut as an 18-year-old for the Swedish national team.In 2013, Tre Kronur played for the first time in ten years at EuroBasket, where they won only one victory – over the Russian national team. Along with Real Madrid forward Jeffrey Taylor, Zherebko became one of the heroes of the match against the Russians. The Swedes defeated Russia (81-62), Zherebko made a solid double-double (22 points and 13 rebounds), but this did not help his national team in any way. The Swedes, like the Russians, finished 1-4 and did not make the playoffs. However, Sergei Monya, Alexey Shved, Evgeny Valiev and Sergei Karasev remembered that match for a long time.
Joined a team that already has one Swede
Zherebko became the last legionnaire Khimki signed in the 2019 offseason. The Swede was delighted to be joining our team and has already managed to joke about the game with another Swede, a Russian with a passport. “It’s great that now our team will have two Swedes. I always liked the way Alexey Shved plays, we have already managed to joke on this topic, ”Zherebko said. It remains to be hoped that Jonas and Alexey will play quickly, and the bunch of two Swedes near Moscow will become the brightest not only in the VTB United League, but also in the Euroleague.90,069 90,000 NBA. Basketball stars spend their holidays playing with amateurs. Basketball tricks. Photo, video – August 26, 2018
Most basketball players cannot live a day without a ball. Someone even sleeps with him in an embrace. NBA stars are no exception. Throughout the summer, they played with ordinary amateurs on the street grounds and in the halls, occasionally acting as basketball gods. But there were also cases when amateurs, jumping out of their pants, did this, after which the humiliated NBA stars had to end their careers.Sport24 talks about the highlights of this summer.
Star humiliates: Lou Williams nearly breaks his ankle with a trick
Clippers defender Lou Williams is in Atlanta to play in a local summer league game. In one of the attacks, the defending player decided that he could hold Lou one on one and paid for it.
By the way, Lou Williams scored 50 points in that game.
Star humiliated: 40 points scored through Denzel Valentine
Chicago defender Denzel Valentine, like many other NBA players, decided to run in the summer amateur tournament Drew League.But something went wrong: Frank Session, a regular player in the tournament, scored 40 points, attacking through Valentine. The worst thing was that the Tribunes were the leaders of San Antonio Rudy Gay and Demar Dosozan, who Seshen asked the question: “Why do this nika pay?”
Star humiliates: Tray Young cheated a child with an old school street trick
Atlanta newcomer Tray Young, who is usually compared to Steph Curry, did not manage to get into the NBA (he was selected under the 5th pick in the 2018 draft), and has already created his own children’s basketball camp.The defender organized a great event, but many will remember his deceptive move with which he fooled the child:
The star is humiliated: through Enes Kanter they scored 3 three-pointers in a row
Center “Knicks” Enes Kanter also organized a children’s camp and tried to pass on his invaluable experience to the young basketball players. The Turk could only smile with embarrassment when the third three-pointer in a row flew through his hand into the ring.
Should New York management think after the childish phrase “you’re just rubbish”?
The star humiliates: Joel Embiid prescribed 2 block shots to the child
But the representative of “Philadelphia” Joel Embiid did not allow himself to be treated this way.During a trip to Africa for the NBA Africa Game exhibition game, the center decided to play with the trainees of the local NBA academy in slippers and a backpack. Result: 2 block shots given to the poor child.
On the third try, the kid still put the ball in the ring, but who cares?
The star is humiliated: Jaylen Brown fell for a childish trick
Jaylen Brown is the explosive forward of Boston, who is one of the key figures in the success of the Celtics. Jaylen was invited to give a master class in one of the children’s camps, and he did not refuse.But in one of the episodes, Brown fell for the classic fake from a young opponent, and he completed the attack with a simple throw.
Jaylen Brown himself reacted to this situation on Twitter in a philosophical way: “Sometimes you have to lose to win.”
Star humiliates: Jamal Crawford has 30 assists
NBA veteran Jamal Crawford has not yet signed a new contract and is a free agent. The defender is having fun in the amateur league, honing his playmaker skills.In one meeting, he made 30 gears for every taste. 90,069 90,140 By the way, on average, Jamal makes only 3.4 assists per match during his career.
Star humiliated: ex-Boston player Glen Davis scored 34 points against NBA champion
Glen Davis, former Boston, Orlando and Clippers player, has been unable to find a team in NBA. The main problem is the striker’s poor physical condition, who weighs about 20 kilograms over the norm.
However, this did not stop Glen from gaining 34 points in the Drew League match.The beauty is that the opponents were new San Antonio star DeMar DeRozan, Golden State NBA champion Nick Young and Lakers defender Jordan Clarkson.
Maine Teen Camp – Recreation children’s camp for children 13-17 years old, Portland, Oregon, USA
- jet skis / board
- kayaking and canoeing
First aid course
Children can take a CPR / First Aid Training at Maine Teen Camp.The course is taught by certified instructors from the American Red Cross.
At the Maine Teen camp, children can practice with an instructor individually or in a group at the level of beginners to experienced players. During the summer, the camp hosts several domestic tournaments and tournaments with other camps. Most tennis instructors are certified by the USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry).
- rope course
- climbing wall
- mountain bikes
- beach volleyball
- field hockey
The musical program is one of the most popular in the Maine Teen camp. Classes are held for beginners and advanced musicians. Guys can practice playing guitar and bass guitar, keyboards and drums. A modern recording studio is equipped with everything you need. The camp music group performs regularly. You can get acquainted with the music projects of the Maine Teen camp here www.emptyseamusic.com
Metal and silver work
At Maine Teen, kids can create silver earrings, rings, necklaces and charms in their own style.
Children can practice both digital and film photography at the Youth Camp. The course includes the study of various photography techniques, features of genre photography, methods of photo processing.
Maine Teen camp instructors will teach children to work with a potter’s wheel, firing, art painting, tile and tile making. The guys will try different techniques for making ceramics. They will make their own mug, plate, figurine – whatever their imagination tells them.Taking such a souvenir with them, the children will keep a “piece of the camp” at home for a long time.
At the Youth Camp, children have at their disposal modern digital video cameras, Apple Mac computers, and the necessary software. Children will be able to try themselves as a screenwriter, director, cameraman, editor, actor.
Children can practice contemporary dance, latino, breakdancing and hip-hop. Experienced and energetic instructors of the Maine Teen camp will prepare classes that are interesting for children of different skill levels.
- theater studio
- colored glass
- drawing (watercolor, oil, acrylic, airbrushing)
- fashion design
- bead embroidery
Maine Teen Camp Excursions
During the summer, the camp organizes many excursions, both daytime and multi-day. Most of them are free. Tours marked with an asterisk (*) are offered at an additional cost.
- water park
- rock climbing
- Shopping at Freeport Outlet
- Kennebec River Rafting *
- ocean fishing *
- whale watching *
- days in Portland *
- days in Boston *
- kayaking / canoeing trips *
Morning at the Youth Camp starts at 9:45, then the general camp gathering, morning news, breakfast, 3 classes, lunch at 13:00, after which 2 more classes, free time, dinner.The evening program starts at 20:00. At 22:00, the guys return to their houses. Hang up at 23:00.
90,000 Unparalleled Boston Celtics | JumpBall
Given how rarely in NBA history have such young teams been so competitive, it is no exaggeration to say that Boston today has the potential to be the best young team in history.
Boston – the leader of the Eastern Conference – looks like a gerontological isolated part against the background of other age-old teams-contenders.The Celtics are one of the youngest teams in the league (only younger than the Phoenix and Lakers). The average age is 24.5 years. By comparison, all Boston players are under Cleveland’s middle age.
The Celtics is a historical deviation. In the history of the NBA, after the advent of the 24-second possession, there were 142 teams whose average age did not exceed 25 years. On average, these teams had a win rate of 36.5%, resulting in a 30-52 win rate at the end of the season.
Few were as good as the current Boston.Only 21 of 142 teams ended the season with at least 50% wins, and only 4 won at least 50 games. Milwaukee 1969-70 (56 wins), Karim Abdul-Jabbar’s first season, 2008-09 Portland (54), Brandon Roy’s peak, and Oklahoma with 50 wins in 2009-10 and 55 in 2010-11, before the exchange of James Harden.
More than half a season later, the Celtics are running at a pace of 63 wins overall. Even if they lose more games than they win, they will still hit the 50 wins mark.
Several factors have made this unprecedented result possible. The abnormal team starts with the abnormal player, and Boston’s youngest player, 19-year-old Jason Tatum, with 62.6% true-shooting. translator ) breaks teenage performance records.
It should be added that Tatum has the best 3-point conversion rate in the league so far – 46%.
His third-pick predecessor, 21-year-old Jaylen Brown, has nearly identical stats to Jason: 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists with 31.3 minutes of playing time, up from 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31.4 minutes for Tatum. In his second year, Brown doubled his performance and, in tandem with Tatum, filled the void left by the injured Gordon Hayward.
90,140 The Celtics’ average age was no less than 25 if not for the injury of Hayward, 27, resulting in more playing time for young Brown (doubling minutes from the previous season) and 23-year-old rookie Shemi Ogeley.
Oldest on the roster, 31-year-old Horford – the fulcrum of Stevens’ strategy – has the highest net rating on the team at 7.3. Second on the list is the second oldest, 31-year-old Baines, at 6.7, the NBA.com’s best individual defensive player in a rotation.
Overall, Boston’s defense represents another deviation for the young team. According to the Basketball Reference, the Celtics’ defensive rating is 6.2 points per 100 possessions better than the league average.This is not only the merit of veterans Horford and Baines, but also Brown and Tatum, occupying the 4th and 8th places in the defensive “+ -” among the players of their positions. Opponents score fewer points when both avenues are on the court.
Strong defense goes beyond the starting lineup, and this is where Boston stands out from the competition. While other contenders were strengthening their benches with veterans – Luke Mba a Mute, Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green at Houston, Nick Young at Golden State, Dwyane Wade, Jose Calderon and Jeff Green at Cleveland “- The Celtics rejuvenated the roster.Marcus Morris is the only bench player over 25. By comparison, the Cavs don’t have a single player under 25 playing at least 10 minutes per game.
Much of this approach is purely opportunistic, as Boston have had 8 round 1 picks in their last four drafts as a result of various trades. In addition, there is little room for veterans on the payroll between all the first-rounds and the players on the maximum contracts.
Finally, it is promising: during construction, Boston architect Danny Ainge understood that the Eastern Conference would be the dominion of LeBron James for as long as he stayed in it. Thus, the modernization of the roster was bound to be geared towards the future.
Boston also has a high pick in the next draft – a round 1 pick in the 2-5 range, after the Lakers. Another teenager will join the young core. No other team has a better opportunity to capture the advantage in the post-LeBron’s Eastern Conference.
With the potential age additions and maturity of the current squad, Boston will no longer be such a young team. The roster will be middle-aged, with a mix of starter players on rookie contracts and the Big Trio of Irving, Hayward and Horford. The Celtics will no longer be an anomaly.