Basketball camp to feature pros
Founded in 2008 by Director Carson Sofro, HSBCamps has seen participation in its basketball camps balloon from 500 to more than 7,000. Next week, July 6-8, the organization will host a basketball camp at Park City High School, for the fifth year in a row. Sofro will bring in professional players to help coach at Park City.
Sofro, who played professionally in the International Basketball League and the British Basketball League, will be joined by JR Harrison, a current member of the Montreal Jazz in the National Basketball League of Canada, and Michael Quinney, a former San Jose State University player, among others.
Growing up in Sun Valley, Sofro said he recognizes the need for basketball camps in smaller towns that don’t normally have professional athletes at the ready.
"I was a very mediocre professional basketball player, but had connected to a bunch of guys in the NBA and other professional leagues and wanted to provide a basketball experience to kids in small towns that don’t get that kind of exposure," he said. "It’s not like they’re hotbeds for basketball."
In addition to Park City and five towns in Idaho, HSBCamps has clinics in Bend, Oregon; Mercer Island, Washington; and Casper, Wyoming. Sofro said the camps are as much about learning what it takes to make it to the sport’s highest level as they are about on-court drills.
"It started as a small clinic based around skill development," he said. "Now, you spend three days on the basketball court with pro basketball players learning skills and learning about their lives and what they experienced to get where they did."
Sofro said the camp drew 85 players last year, a record for Park City. He added that he expects between 70-85 kids again this year, but registration will be capped around 85.
"We don’t really take more than that because the school isn’t big enough to accommodate it and it’s more about the kind of experience we can provide rather than trying to set an attendance record," he said.
A morning camp is available for athletes in grades K-3 from 9 a.m. to noon for $99. All-day camps are available for players in grades 4-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $175. A portion of the proceeds from the camps are donated back to the school.
Campers also get plenty of giveaways, Sofro added — T-shirts, water bottles and wristbands, among others.
Sofro said scholarships are available for players who can’t pay for the camps.
"There are a lot of kids that don’t even consider coming to this because they can’t afford it," he said. "If there are people that would like to inquire about a scholarship or discount, we’d be happy to accommodate that. We’ve never turned anyone away because they can’t afford it."
To register for the Park City camp, visit http://www.hsbcamps.com . To request a scholarship, click on the "Contact" tab and send an email.
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Chase Campbell, a Park City High School sophomore, has a busy summer schedule, including the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships on July 22-23.