Category: Camp

I spent the afternoon visiting and photographing some of the instructors and children at former Bradley University and NBA star Mitchell J.J. Anderson‘s all-star basketball camp. Mitchell has given back to the community by holding a free week long basketball camp for underprivileged boys and girls ages 8 thru 14 since 1997. The camp has numerous coaches and volunteers that make this a huge success. Mitchell brings in several speakers for the kids during the week, and OSF Medical Center nurses gave all of the campers health physicals and eye screenings free of charge. They also learn about the importance of education, hygiene, and good nutrition

-Bob

I made the trip east on I-74 to Rantoul, IL Wednesday afternoon, to take advantage of the beautiful weather in central Illinois and grab some action photo’s at the Fighting Illini’s football practice. Second year head coach Tim Beckman ran a fast moving practice that lasted less than two hours. The offense was moving the ball easily on the defense with a lot of passes mixed in with a few running plays. A couple of key players were rested with slight injuries, senior QB Nathan Scheelhaase and LB Jonathan Brown. The Illini move back home to Champaign this weekend and open the season August 31st against Southern Illinois University at Memorial Stadium.

-Bob

Some photo’s from this weeks  Shaun Livingston inaugural Pride of Peoria Basketball Clinic at legendary Peoria High School. He was joined by fellow Central Lion legends A.J. Guyton, Marcellus Sommerville and Daniel Ruffin in providing a free hoops basketball camp for 300-plus area youngsters. Livingston, will be playing for his ninth NBA team the Brooklyn Nets in the last seven years, will back up Deron Williams, the All-Star from the University off Illinois, at point guard. Williams was instrumental in convincing Nets management to sign Livingston. “We’re trying to build something for Peoria,” he said. “We want to build a (basketball) pipeline again for Peoria. We want to teach the game of basketball and (instill) life skills.”

-Bob

I was up on campus at Bradley University to get some shot’s at new head basketball coach Geno Ford’s basketball camp. It was held in the new air conditioned Renaissance Coliseum. The kids were taught dribbling, passing, rebounding and shooting instruction during the morning sessions and then played tournament games in the afternoon. For more information on next years camp contact Chris Braun at 309-677-2668 or send e-mail to cabraun@bradley.edu.

-Bob

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