Inspiring the Next Generation
West Virginia University’s own basketball legend Da’Sean Butler didn’t always feel like a star. “Like most basketball players, I would go to camp unnoticed a lot,” he says. “While we had lunch breaks, I would be one of the kids working on my game instead of eating. I took those drills back home with me to work on every day.”
Although he may have started out just like everyone else, Da’Sean has seen a meteoric rise—from the kid that had to work extra hard to get noticed to being picked in the NBA draft. Inspired by his own experiences, Da’Sean’s basketball camp will provide young basketball players with the opportunity to turn passion into results. “I honestly want to help the kids that never get looked at and the kids that want to work hard on their game. I want to work with them on a personal level so they can get better as individuals and leave feeling as if they learned something.”
Of course, basketball isn’t the only thing kids can expect from Da’Sean’s camp. Drills, techniques, skills contests, and tournament-style play are merely the foundation. “Kids have no clue about the college life or how difficult it is to compete at that level while keeping up with school, being a student-athlete, and having a social life. It’s important to learn to work hard in everything you do. This camp will help them work on their physical skills but also inform them on things at the next level.”
Athletes ages 13 and under and 13 and up will be divided into two sections and provided with not just the fundamentals of the game but tools for the future. “Expect it to be difficult, fun, and enlightening,” Da’Sean says. “I really want to help them become better and smarter players, while also teaching them skills that will cross over into all parts of their lives.”
For $100, kids 13 and under can spend Friday, August 3, 2012, alongside Da’Sean, other former Mountaineers, and current pros at the WVU Coliseum. Kids 13 and up are offered a two-day camp from August 4 to 5, 2012, for $175. Participants will receive a camp T-shirt, prizes, and lunch each day.