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Clayton State holding basketball camps

From staff reports

Young ladies of the Southern Crescent, it's time to lace up the "high-tops" and hit the hardwood. The Clayton State University women's basketball program will tip-off its second individual basketball camp starting next week.

Under the direction of head coach Dennis Cox, the women's camp at CSU's Athletics & Fitness Center, will begin on Monday, running through Friday. The camp, for ages 6-to-14, runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and cost $140.

"Our camps feature national-caliber instruction by a NCAA women's basketball coaching staff and a talented group of college players," said Cox, who led his Clayton State team to the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships last year. "Along with teaching the fundamentals, we mix in a lot of fun games. It makes for a great week."

The girl's camps are designed to teach the fundamentals and strategies of basketball to all age levels, helping one to understand how to play the game. Individual and group instruction drills and game experience are used to help each player improve her basketball skills. In addition, members of the Clayton State women's basketball team serve as camp counselors, allowing the campers an opportunity to learn and interact first-hand with college student-athletes.

"It is a good opportunity for both the campers and our players," said Cox. "The camp allows our players to give something back to the community in helping youngsters develop, while it also gives the campers a chance to meet and get a brief glimpse of what it takes to be a college student-athlete."

High school team camp update: The Laker women's program recently concluded a high school team camp with Campbell High School, out of Marietta, capturing top honors in the event.

"This was our first year of hosting team camps, and I'm encouraged with the support we received," said Cox. "Our team camp was more than just games. We had T-shirts and trophies for the teams. We tried to do a little extra with this being our first year."

Campbell posted the most wins, going an undefeated 7-0 during the week and finishing 3-0 in the tournament, defeating local squad Jonesboro in the tournament final. Jonesboro went 6-1 in games leading up to the camp-ending tournament.

Along with two teams from Campbell and the Jonesboro squad, other teams in the camp were: Westlake, North Clayton, a trio of teams from Stockbridge, Cross Keys and Dutchtown.

Beginning Sunday, the Clayton State program will host its first High School Junior Varsity/Middle School Team Camp. The program is still taking registrations for the team camp that will run from June 19th-23rd.

Other camps next week: Clayton State Athletics will be offering two other individual camps next week, including a half-day boys and girls tennis camp in the morning and a half-day boys and girls soccer camp in the afternoon.

For more information on Clayton State summer camps, please call 770-961-3450.