HAMLET — Frank and Nellie Harrington will host their second basketball skills camp of the summer at the Ninth-Grade Academy next week, and are hoping for a better turnout this time around.
The five-day camp (Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27) will help boys and girls ages 5-16 develop their fundamentals with a number of ball handling, passing, shooting, and defensive drills from 8 a.m. until noon every day. Campers will also get the opportunity to scrimmage one another, compete in a hot-shot competition on the final day, enjoy snacks, and more.
Due to a number of other activities going on last month — including summer school, tests retakes, different camps, sicknesses, etc. — the camp’s numbers were lower than usual. Now that a lot of the action around the county has somewhat settled down, the Harringtons are expecting a bigger crowd inside the Ninth-Grade Academy gym.
“I’ve been having fun with it. With this (smaller) group here, I got a chance to talk to all of them and they understand where I’m coming from,” Frank said last month. “One thing about these kids is they love the game. You can tell when they’re competing because they start going at each other. They want to do their best and I just try my best to help them out.”
Frank is an assistant coach for the Richmond varsity boys basketball team and Nellie is a former head coach for the Richmond varsity girls basketball team who was an assistant this past season. They received help during last month’s camp from Tony Terry, the new junior varsity boys basketball coach at Richmond, and Gerald Ratliff.
The main takeaway from the camps, Frank says, should be that those in attendance understand how fundamentals will take them a long way in their basketball journey, and that they should “always play together as a team.”
“If everybody works together and is on the same page, you get a positive result. One man can’t do it. It takes a team,” he said.
For cost and more information, call Frank at 910-315-2315 or Nellie at 910-315-1610.