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Empowering Young People Through Basketball: Highlights from For the Love of Youth Basketball Camp

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

For the Love of Youth Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and supporting young people, recently hosted another successful basketball camp. The camp, which was aimed at junior high school students, focused on 3x3 basketball and was held on the 10th of April 2023.

April 10th, 2023. Watch out, the next generation of ballers is on the rise. Photo: Bohdan Klimchuk

Adapting to Unexpected Events: Calgary Basketball Camp Finds Alternative Venue

Unexpected events forced the basketball camp, traditionally hosted at the Jack Simpson gym on the University of Calgary campus, to adapt swiftly. The FLY project was unaware that the gym was closed, but the team sprang into action and found an alternative venue. Fortunately, the Calgary Central Sportsplex (CCS) stepped up to the plate and generously provided a last-minute space for the camp.

April 10th, 2023. Calgary, Alberta. Get ready to feel the chill with the Basketball Blizzards at the state-of-the-art Calgary FCBA Training Centre. Photo: Bohdan Klimchuk

The Calgary Central Sportsplex: A State-of-the-Art Sports Facility for All Ages and Abilities

The Calgary Central Sportsplex (CCS) is a cutting-edge sports facility designed to cater to individuals and teams of all ages, offering a wide range of sports and fitness options. The facility is home to several sports partners, including Breathe Parkour, WBHL Ball Hockey, FCBA Blizzards Basketball, and The Bunker Golf Simulators, each with its own unique programs. The CCS boasts modern amenities, making it a favoured destination for fitness enthusiasts and athletes.

April 10, 2023, Calgary Alberta. Before the start of the camp, students are briefed with a 3x3 rundown to put athleticism into action. Photo: Bohdan Klimchuk

Spinning the Wheel of Reward: A Fun and Inspiring Experience at the For the Love of Youth Basketball Camp

At the For the Love of Youth Basketball Camp, participants were given the opportunity to spin the wheel for a prize as a reward for their participation. The wheel was filled with various prizes, ranging from basketballs and t-shirts to water bottles and meal vouchers. This added an extra layer of excitement to the camp, as the participants were motivated to give their best effort in drills and games in order to earn a chance to spin the wheel. It also served as a way to show appreciation for their dedication and hard work throughout the camp. Overall, the spinning wheel added a fun and rewarding element to the For the Love of Youth Basketball Camp.

Calgary, Alberta, April 10th, 2023. Spinning to Win: Excitement fills the air as students try their luck at the 3x3 for the Love of Youth Basketball Camp prize wheel! Photo: Bohdan Klimchuk

Discover the Thrills of 3x3 Basketball: An Insider's Guide to 3x3 Basketball Camps

Are you curious about what a 3x3 basketball camp is and what it entails? Look no further! A 3x3 basketball camp is a program or event designed to teach and enhance the skills and techniques required for 3x3 basketball, a fast-paced, high-scoring game played with only three players on each team.

These camps are usually organized by basketball associations, schools or universities, professional basketball teams or independent organizations and cater to players of all skill levels, genders and ages. In addition to individual and team drills, scrimmages, and game simulations, 3x3 basketball camps may also offer classroom sessions or workshops on topics such as nutrition, injury prevention, and mental preparation. They may also include guest coaches or players who provide invaluable insights and expertise.

For players looking to improve their skills, expand their knowledge, and connect with other basketball enthusiasts, a 3x3 basketball camp is an excellent opportunity to do so.

April 10th, 2023. Calgary, Alberta. Alright team, let's leave it all on the field and show them what we're made of! Photo: Bohdan Klimchuk

Empowering Youth through Basketball: The Impact of For the Love of Youth Basketball Camp on Community Building and Personal Growth

The For the Love of Youth Basketball Camp provides a vital service to the community by offering a safe and positive environment for young people to learn and grow through basketball. The camp instills the values of teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence, which are essential for personal growth and development. The camp's focus on physical health also contributes to the overall well-being of the participants. By providing such a valuable service, the camp helps to build a stronger community and empowers young people to achieve their full potential.

April 10th, 2023. FLY staff and volunteers register students and hand out prizes. Photo: Bohdan Klimchuk

Benefits of Attending Basketball Camps

Attending a basketball camp has numerous benefits. Firstly, basketball camps provide an opportunity to learn from experienced coaches and players. The coaches at these camps are typically former professional players or seasoned coaches with years of experience in the game. These coaches provide expert guidance and offer tips and tricks that can help players take their game to the next level.

Secondly, basketball camps provide a competitive and challenging environment that can help players develop their skills. Players get to compete with other players of similar skill levels, which can help them improve their game. The rigorous training sessions and drills help players develop their endurance, speed, agility, and other physical attributes required to excel on the court.

Lastly, basketball camps provide an opportunity to meet other players and make new friends. Basketball is a team sport, and the relationships players build off the court can translate into better teamwork on the court.

April 10th, 2023. Action-packed training is in progress as participants take a quick side-court break. Photo: Bohdan Klimchuk

Basketball Training at Camps

Basketball training at camps typically involves a mix of skill-building drills, game simulations, and training sessions. These training sessions help players develop their ball-handling, shooting, passing, and defensive skills.

In addition to skill-building drills, players also get to participate in game simulations that mimic real game scenarios. These simulations help players learn how to react to different game situations and develop their decision-making skills.

Basketball camps also focus on developing the physical attributes required to excel on the court. Players participate in strength and conditioning exercises, speed and agility drills, and other exercises that help them build their endurance and improve their overall fitness.

April 10th, 2023. Calgary, Alberta. FLY Participant and Dinos Coach put skills to the test in intensive technique practice. Photo: Kaya Bautista

Types of Basketball Camps

There are several types of basketball camps available, including youth basketball camps, summer basketball camps, and basketball clinics.

Youth basketball camps are typically designed for young players between the ages of 8 and 18. These camps provide a fun and safe environment for kids to learn the fundamentals of the game.

Summer basketball camps are typically held during the summer months and offer intensive training sessions, game simulations, and other activities. These camps are ideal for players who want to improve their skills during the off-season.

Basketball clinics are typically shorter than basketball camps and focus on specific skills or aspects of the game. These clinics are ideal for players who want to improve a particular aspect of their game, such as shooting or ball handling.

April 10th, 2023. Calgary, Alberta. FLY champions unite! Dinos coaches strike a pose with victorious recipients in an epic group shot. Photo: Kaya Bautista

Fair Play and Healthy Competition: Shuffling Teams at For Love of Youth Basketball Camps

At the For Love of Youth Basketball Camps, shuffling teams is a regular practice in the 3x3 basketball games to ensure fairness and promote healthy competition among the young players. The shuffling session begins by dividing the players into groups and assigning them a number or colour. Then, the coaches or organizers randomly call out the numbers or colours, and the players quickly move to their newly assigned teams.

This process is repeated until all the teams are formed and ready to hit the court. This allows players to interact with different people and helps them to develop teamwork skills as they work with new teammates.

April 10th, 2023. Rizza Sarabia, Co-Founder of FLY, and Lisa De Leon, Founder/Project Director, award scholarship to Dinos Coach.. Photo: Kaya Bautista.

The Benefits and Types of Basketball Camps: A Guide to Improving Your Game

The For the Love of Youth Project hosted a successful 3x3 basketball camp aimed at junior high school students. The camp provided an opportunity for young people to learn and enhance their skills in a fun and challenging environment, while also promoting values of teamwork, leadership, and self-confidence. Although faced with unexpected venue closures, the FLY team adapted and found a new home at the Calgary Central Sportsplex.

The prize wheel added an extra layer of excitement and rewards to the camp, while the expert coaches, rigorous training sessions, and game simulations helped participants develop their skills and physical attributes.

Attending basketball camps has numerous benefits, including the opportunity to learn from experienced coaches, develop skills in a competitive environment, and make new friends. Different types of camps cater to players of all ages and skill levels, making them a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their game.

April 10th, 2023. Players, coaches, and staff gather for a group shot. Photo: Kaya Bautista


For the Love of Youth (FLY) services are free and funded by the Government of Canada's Supports for Student Learning Program (SSLP).

FLY is committed to providing high-quality support to students, families, and educators who need it most. Our team is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for students to learn and grow.

Learn more about the For the Love of Youth (FLY) Project.



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1 Comment

Thank you for this event, this is very helpful activities for us.

Im so excited for the next event.

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