Thomas University has slated its second annual basketball camp for local youth. The series will run from Monday, June 16 to Thursday, June 19, and will be an all-day affair lasting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eligible participants range from roughly seven to 14 years old, though that will be flexible based on circumstance. Those interested can register for $125 per camper, though TU offers a wide array of discounts.
Campers can receive $15 off the cost of registration if they enroll before June 1, are related to TU employees, have multiple siblings participating, are children of a Junior Service League member and/or are a previous camper.
Revenue will primarily go back to the second-year basketball program, though the University will receive a small allotment, as will counselors, which will include select Night Hawks players.
“It gives some of our guys a little part time gig to make some money over the summer,” men’s basketball coach Stephen Cox said.
The first-time head coach has created various camps at each of his assistant posts through the years from Savannah State to Georgia Southwestern, whose entities now cater up to 150 kids per session. Generating a camp at TU was one of his first priorities upon arriving.
“Now that we’ve got our first season under our belt, people are really starting to find out about TU basketball and the brand of our program is starting to spread in town,” Cox said.
“We just want to get kids on campus and utilize our facilities.”
Cox strongly emphasized his intent on diversity – he hopes to see just as many girls as boys with a wide array of physique, age and athleticism.
Last year’s camp included roughly 35 kids, and Cox hopes to bolster that figure this go-around.
“If you look at it with the time and discounts, it’s only a little more than $3 per hour,” Cox said. “It’s a great chance for kids to come on campus, see what we’re about and have some fun.”