Sun Youth Bas­ket­ball Camp a hit

Guest speaker, Maxime Paul­hus Gos­selin, who came to meet the cam­pers to share his pas­sion for bas­ket­ball and the im­por­tance of build­ing a healthy life­style.

Montreal Times - - Sun Youth -

Since its foun­da­tion Sun Youth has been com­mit­ted to the pro­mo­tion of healthy life­styles and school re­ten­tion in or­der to en­cour­age the phys­i­cal, so­cial and in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment of young peo­ple. Over Spring break, Sun Youth once again held its bas­ket­ball camp and it was huge suc­cess!

This year, more than thirty kids, a record num­ber com­pared to pre­vi­ous years, par­tic­i­pated in the camp. Boys and girls, aged 8 to15, were able to im­prove their play skills through ac­tiv­i­ties such as drills, pass­ing, shoot­ing and drib­bling. In ad­di­tion, they also had fit­ness train­ing de­signed to in­crease en­durance and im­prove strength and stamina. The camp, run by Rod­ney Sk­er­ritt, Sun Youth’s bas­ket­ball co­or­di­na­tor and Kara De La Per­ralle, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Sports and Recre­ation, was fo­cused at un­der­stand­ing bas­ket­ball at a con­cep­tual level, which is good for kids who are new to the sport as well as com­pet­i­tive ath­letes who are try­ing to re­fine their game. Sun Youth also pro­vided each child with a lunch through­out the week so they had enough en­ergy to meet phys­i­cal de­mands that vig­or­ous ex­er­cise re­quires.

Sun Youth’s Spring Break Bas­ket­ball Camp got re­ally in­ter­est­ing this year thanks to spe­cial guests speak­ers and train­ers. Maxime Paul­hus Gos­selin played his col­lege ball at Davidson a NCAA Di­vi­sion 1 pro­gram from 2005-2009. Now, he is a mo­ti­va­tional speaker for chil­dren with whom he shares life les­sons. The Sun Youth cam­pers were ex­tremely pleased to be coached by him and lis­tened very care­fully to his wis­dom about bas­ket­ball. Clearly the cam­pers will be able to grow and im­prove their play, their at­ti­tude and their self-con­fi­dence from the ad­vice that Maxime gave them. Af­ter­wards, trainer Nancy Fore­stal made the kids work hard. Through en­durance ex­er­cises, she helped the kids to im­prove their mo­tor skills. They also had the visit of two stu­dents from McGill’s Trauma Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram who en­cour­aged the kids to think about pre­ven­tion when prac­tic­ing bas­ket­ball. On be­half of Sun Youth, we would like to thank these spe­cial guests for vol­un­teer­ing their time and in­spir­ing our cam­pers.

Sun Youth’s Spring Break Bas­ket­ball Camp is a phys­i­cal and men­tal process full of op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to grow and learn, and this is an ap­proach adopted by Sun Youth.

Credit Photo: Caro­line Viger-Lazare

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