Warriors basketball hosting girls summer basketball camp

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Although there wasn’t much rain this winter, it’ll definitely be raining three-pointers, fundamentals and fun this summer at the Winters High School girls’ basketball camp. Under the guidance of the WHS women’s basketball team, the elementary attendees will nurture their budding love for the game.

Similar to the basketball camp the Warriors hosted over winter, this summer edition also coincides with varsity head coach Jeff Christian’s coaching philosophy of players giving back to their community. In this case, the Warriors are sharing their knowledge and know-how of the game of basketball with the fourth through eighth grade girls attending.

“It’s an opportunity for young ladies in Winters to get out and be physical, make friends and learn about life and use the game of basketball as the methodology for that,” Christian said about the camp. “Then selfishly as the head coach, anytime I can get my players out in front of the public and working on their public speaking and learning how to teach, it just helps them become the best version of themselves. So, it’s always been a no-brainer for me as a coach to try and seek opportunities for my players to continue to grow and blossom.”

The camp itself is four days of fun and hard work where attendees will learn how to properly dribble, shoot, play lock-down defense and the overall fundamentals of the game. It’s also an opportunity for the attendees to exercise and make new friends/life teammates.

The basketball camp will take place from June 13 through June 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the WHS Gymnasium. The registration forms will also be available at the Winters Middle School or Shirley Rominger Intermediate School offices with the last day to register is May 13. Any female athlete in fourth through eighth grade is eligible to register.

John and Jill Aguiar are assisting Christian and are putting in the leg work to help this camp come to life.

“I got involved during the first camp and because my daughter is on the team. That and my connection to the schools and the connections I can make, makes doing something like this much easier,” said Jill Aguiar. “Another thing people have to know is Jeff is a forward thinker, and he’s looking down the road at who he’s going to have on his team. That’s one of the reasons he’s doing this is to get those girls excited about basketball and energizing those future players.”

While the camp is set to teach these young players about various facets of the game, Christian is a big advocate for the F-U-N in fundamentals.

“As far as fun goes, I love these camps. It’s so much fun and the players don’t know it yet, but there’s always a Whacky Wednesday which is a highlight to me,” Christian explained. “The coaches and the campers get to come in some crazy outfit just to be able to laugh at yourself and realize life is short and we have to have fun and we’re going to use basketball and crazy clothes to do it.”

A requested donation at the time of registration for every camper will go directly to the basketball program. Campers will receive a t-shirt, basketball and a jump rope thanks to camp sponsors Mariani Nut Company, Carner Water Works and Preserve. On the last day, Christian expects to bring his pizza oven and dish out some delicious pizza for the campers to celebrate the camp’s completion.

Aguiar said camp registration is not exclusive to Winters, and to contact her for a digital registration form. For more information about the camp, contact
Jill Aguiar at jaguiar@wintersjusd.org.

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