Eyes on the Ball
Basketball camps are big summer draw
by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
June 20, 2013
All eyes are on the ball during Coach Serretti's youth basketball camp.
The campus in summer is not the
bustling hub that it is during the academic year, but there’s still plenty
afoot. While students, professors and staff members gear up for the next
academic year, the campus is abuzz with a series of enriching summer programs,
symposiums and athletics camps for children and youth. This week marked the launch of
the first of four boys’ basketball camps, beginning with a weeklong session for boys in grades 3-9
and ending with an elite program for star high-school basketball players with
an eye on the Red Devil men’s basketball team.
According to Men’s Basketball
Coach Alan Seretti, more than 200 elementary, middle-school and high-school players signed up for men's basketball camps this summer to brush up
their technical skills and their team-play abilities. Along the way, they gain an
insider’s view of life on a college campus, since many stay overnight in
on-campus housing, and all eat in the dining hall and use campus facilities.
They also get a chance to meet with fellow student-athletes from across the country and to work with some of the area’s best coaches and
“Many campers attend our
games during the season because of the interaction they have with our players
during the summer,” adds Seretti, who recruits some of his best players as
assistant summer coaches. “Some of them consider attending Dickinson because of
the positive experiences they have here.”