Jump N Activity Basketball Camp

Kaiya and Della began basketball camp this past Monday (14 July-17 July 2008) and it ended yesterday.  At first, both girls were very disinterested.  They didn't want to participate in everything and were throwing fits.  Eventually, and I'm not sure what clicked for them, they decided to give it 100%.  Kaiya was not really sure of what it was she was doing, but because Della was unhappy, she was going to be unhappy, too.  She did, however, ask Coach Glen Graham (NBA Shooting Coach) to help her make a basket.  She was the youngest participate of the program.  She was trying to "set" the basketball like a volleyball.  PERFECT sets, by the way.  He took a lot of time with her.  He started out by helping her get the ball over her head going forward, instead of behind her.  He promised me that she would have a basket by the end of camp.

Well, lo and behold, the very first attempt on Thursday morning....they were doing lay-ups for a photographer....she made her VERY FIRST basket!  It brought a tear to Coach Glen's eye.  He said he was done...he'd accomplished everything he'd set out to do for the week.

At the awards ceremony, Kaiya got "most inspirational" and received a certificate and shoe (Kaiya's reaction to the shoe:  "Mommy, what do I do with this shoe?") signed by Adonal Foyle of the Orlando Magic.  Adonal Foyle was selected in the first round (8th pick overall) of the 1997 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. He is the Warriors' all-time leading shotblocker with 1,140 blocks. He is also the only player in Warriors history to have over 3,000 career blocks and over 1,000 career blocked shots.  He was the Warriors' longest-tenured player.  Graham was the shooting coach for the Golden State Warriors.

More pictures from camp coming...they are on the main computer at the office right now.

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