13th annual “Shoot Hoops Not Drugs” basketball camps to take place in June
LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Operation UNITE is hosting five basketball skills camps for youth throughout southern and eastern Kentucky.
The 13th annual Operation UNITE Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps will take place between June 18 and 28, in Bell, Carter, Leslie, Lincoln and Wolfe counties.
Former University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson – who was part of the 2011-12 National Championship squad – will conduct these three-hour camps. All school-age youth are invited to participate in the camps, to be held at the following dates and locations:
- Monday, June 18 – Lincoln County High School, 60 Education Way, Stanford
- Tuesday, June 19 – Richard Nixon Recreation Center, Leslie County, 150 Wendover Road, Hyden
- Thursday, June 21 – East Carter County High School, 405 Hitchins Road, Grayson
- Tuesday, June 26 – Bell County High School, 9824 South Highway 25E, Pineville
- Thursday, June 28 – Wolfe County Middle School, 303 Johnson Street, Campton
Each camp begins at 4 p.m. and concludes about 7 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes early for registration. (There is no advance registration.)
For safety and comfort while participating, youth are asked not to wear open-toe shoes or sandals.
All participants will receive a free event T-shirt, regulation-sized signature basketball, food and water, and be entered into a drawing for two portable basketball goals given away at the conclusion of each camp (you must be present to win).
Presented by the Kentucky National Guard, Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps are fun, interactive, and provide a safe, drug-free activity where children have an opportunity to interact with positive role models while learning fundamental basketball skills. Polson relates these fundamentals to situations participants will face later in life – maintaining a healthy lifestyle, listening, teamwork, effort, and living with the consequences for making poor decisions.
In addition, parents and guardians will have an opportunity to attend a brief UNITE-sponsored education program on marijuana and current drug trends. Information on the signs, symptoms and dangers posed by prescription drugs will also be provided.
Polson, a native of Wilmore, Kentucky, went from a walk-on to a scholarship athlete before his freshman year at UK even began. Over his four years at UK, Polson played in 94 games scoring a total of 140 points with a .424 field goal percentage (.313 three-point percentage).
Since 2006, UNITE has conducted 73 regional basketball camps with 9,516 youth participants representing 59 Kentucky counties, 20 other states and two other countries. More than 2,000 parents/caregivers have attended the educational programs.