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Hot shots come to Park City

Matthew Piper, OF THE RECORD STAFF

Spots are still available for Park City youth basketball players looking to learn from the likes of NCAA and NBA stars at next week’s Hot Shot Basketball Camps (HSBCAMPS), from June 7 to 10.

It is the first visit to Park City for the camps, which are geared toward teaching basketball fundamentals to boys and girls of school age. Net proceeds from the camp will be donated to Park City High School, which will host the event.

"We like operating out of small towns where there aren’t a lot of other options," said camp founder Carson Sofro, who founded HSBCAMPS in the summer of 2007 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Utah Jazz guard Ronnie Price and former University of Utah leading scorer Johnnie Bryant are among the luminaries scheduled to appear. Sofro said that unlike other "big-name" camps, his athletes are there to do more than sign autographs.

"There are a lot of camps out there that will just put a name on it, charge a bunch of money, and have Kobe Bryant or somebody come by for an hour," he said. "We don’t do that. Our pros are working with the kids one-on-one. The kids love it."

Sofro said one obstacle has been timing, with school letting out in Park City the week prior to camp, and marketing. Only 40 kids have registered, and Sofro said he’ll continue to accept registrations through Sunday.

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"There’s some people that still don’t know that we’re coming," he said. Sofro extended the deadline for scholarship consideration to midnight on Sunday to accommodate Park Record readers. Families interested in obtaining a scholarship for the HSBCAMPS summer sessions can apply at http://www.hsbcamps.com.

A scheduled preschool basketball camp that was to be offered in partnership with Stretch-n-Grow of Utah was tabled, with the possibility it may be rescheduled for a later date.

HSBCAMPS has partnered with athletic supplier Eastbay to sponsor basketball apparel and shoe discounts to disadvantaged youth through its HSBCARES program, a nonprofit funded by camp proceeds.

Eight HSBCAMPS coaches will also travel to South Africa this summer to build basketball courts, donate supplies and mentor youth.

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