Free basketball camps offered

Hoop, volleyball instruction planned for this month

— Two free basketball camps, open to anyone, are planned for Wednesday and Thursday.

“We are trying for an enrollment of 175 kids,” said spokesman Bud Bitonti, who said last Wednesday that 110 players had registered. “The camps are free and open to everybody, boys and girls.”

The camps, which are sponsored by The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations out of Spokane, run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

A camp for ages 6-11 is planned for Wednesday at the Paschal Sherman Indian School gym, 169 North End Omak Lake Road.

A camp for ages 12-18 is set for Thursday at the Omak High School gym, 20 S. Cedar St.

Those attending will participate in drills and play games. Campers are asked to bring a basketball.

Space is limited. Those wishing to register can contact Bitonti at 509-634-6647.

A PLUS Youth Program, which has several National Basketball Association players as supporters, including Jamal Crawford, is putting on the camps. Instructors, possibly including an NBA player, fly to the region Monday, Bitonti said.

A PLUS shows youth how to use sports as a way to provide educational resources and character development needed to succeed in life.

“We were founded with the intention to provide holistic youth development and supportive resources to student-athletes by instilling our values of Academics, Preparation, Leadership, Unity and Sports (A PLUS),” a brochure said.

Crawford currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.

He played high school basketball at powerhouse Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.

Crawford, who has played for six NBA teams, is the fourth player in NBA history to win the Sixth Man of the Year award twice, in both 2010 and 2014. He holds the record for most career four-point plays made, with 44.

Other NBA supporters include Martell Webster, currently with the Washington Wizards, and Brandon Roy, who played with the Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Other sports camps, by city, include:


A Brewster volleyball camp open to players from all school will be June 23-24 at the high school, 503 S. Seventh St.

Head volleyball coach Jenni Rosselli-Hull at Community Colleges of Spokane, along with her staff and team, will put on the clinic from 8-11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. each day.

Registration is completed the first day of camp. There is a cost.

The camp is open to girls in third-grade to 12 years of age.

Participants need to bring their own lunch and water bottles, coach Marcy Boesel said.

To register, contact Boesel at 509-689-3621.


An Omak Youth Volleyball camp will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Wednesday at Omak High School, 20 S. Cedar St.

The game is for those in first- through seventh-grade.

There is a cost that includes a T-shirt, said organizer and high school volleyball coach Brittney Richter.

Registration forms are available at all Omak schools.

“This day camp will provide a fun opportunity to learn the basics and fundamentals of the game including passing, serving, hitting and setting,” Richter said. “Instruction will be provided by Omak High School coaching staff and players.”


State Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Thacker will be part of the staff coaching at an Oroville Summer Basketball Camp running Monday to Friday at the high school, 1016 Ironwood St.

Jim Thacker’s son, Jim, who is the high school boys’ basketball coach, organizes the camp, open to boys and girls.

This is a basketball fundamental camp for boys and girls “looking to improve their shooting, passing, ball skills and pivoting,” Jay Thacker said.

Coaches from Oroville girls and boys basketball programs also will run the camp.

You can sign up at offices at the high school, 1016 Ironwood St., or elementary school, 808 Main St.

Sessions will include 8-9:30 a.m. for those going into grades 2-5 and 10 a.m. to noon for those going into grades 6-8.

There is a cost for the camp.

Jim Thacker, who has coached at Omak, Walla Walla and in Idaho, finished with a 33-year record of 440 wins and 317 losses. He was inducted in 2008 into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches association Hall of Fame.


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