Alexandria, La. (April 30, 2022) — Kids were having a ball at The Fort on the campus of Louisiana State University of Alexandria Saturday morning as LSUA Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Cordaro as well as LSUA players and coaches conducted a free Youth Basketball Skills Camp.
More than 30 participants from grades K-8 practiced shooting, dribbling, passing and other basketball-related skills.
“This is an awesome opportunity for the LSUA Generals, both the men’s and women’s programs, to unite today and offer a basketball skills camp to the youth of Alexandria,” Cordaro said. “We partnered with the City of Alexandria, this is something they have been doing with all sports here with our LSUA sports teams, and it’s our turn, it’s our time and we are having a ball out here this Saturday morning just teaching the skills of basketball and also mixing in some game of life things.”
Players and coaches divided the participants by age group to teach fundamental basketball skills. Zoe Thomas, 10, a student at Poland Junior High, said she came to the camp hoping to learn to shoot better. “I hope to be able to make a 3 (point shot), because I never make threes,” she said.
“I’m here to have a good time, to learn some new fundamentals, to get better with my left hand and overall just become a better basketball player,” said Dreylin Hairford, a 14-year-old from St. Joseph school in Plaucheville. Beau Aymond, 13, also from St. Joseph in Plaucheville, added, “I came here to fix small mistakes and just learn from the game and people who know more than I do, and having fun learning. It’s simple, but you have to keep doing it to perfect it.”
In addition to basketball skills, LSUA coaches and players working with the City of Alexandria have previously provided youth soccer and tennis camps. The next camp will be a baseball/softball camp from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14 at the Alexandria Youth Complex on Masonic Drive near Bringhurst Field. To register for that free camp please go to https://www.lsuagenerals.com/SIDHelp/form/11
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