Youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian
Community had the chance to participate in the Phoenix Suns Basketball
Camp, held July 4-8 at Thunderbird High School, located northwest of
the Community in Phoenix.
The camp offered one-on-one training and instruction for both
experienced and inexperienced youth in a positive atmosphere. The camp
welcomed both boys and girls ages 6 to 17.
Throughout the afternoon, all the children were on the court
participating in games or drills to improve their basketball skills.
Personal attention was given to each camper by experienced basketball
coaches, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury players, and the volunteers
who help put on the camp.
The youth received autographed jerseys, basketballs, backpacks and many
“I liked learning all about basketball,” said 7-year-old
Lewis Jackson, who was among the many younger campers.
Nicholas Landin, another young camper from the Community, said he
enjoyed himself and also learned skills he plans to use in the game.
Former Phoenix Suns players Alvan Adams, Mark West and Cedric Ceballos
were just a few of the pros who visited the camp and provided hands-on
instruction to the kids.
Every year the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury put on the basketball
camp as a summer program for children from around the Valley.