Cheyney University Hosts Successful Basketball Camp

August 8, 2013

Named Cheyney University of Pennsylvania's Head Women's Basketball Coach only a month ago, Kyle Adams was determined to show his worth. He organized a basketball camp for youth - ages 7 to 17 - that ran from Monday, August 5 to Thursday, August 8 and attracted players of all levels.

"In building our program, we feel it is important that we distinguish ourselves as a reputable youth basketball instruction entity," commented Adams. "As a young coach, I worked camps and saw first-hand the transformative effect a camp could have on a young person's life. I believe camp not only had profound effect on our campers, but also on our players, who served as coaches for the four-day session."

"I really felt good about our camp. I really enjoyed working the campers at the different stations. I was helping them to improve," stated Kyra Hines- Allen, a sophomore forward from Montclair NJ.

Team Together Basketball Academy was an affordable $85 per camper for the entire session, which included a camp t-shirt and certificates of completion and evaluations from each camper's team coach. At the conclusion of the week, every camper received report cards on their progression in the areas of basketball skills, attitude, and character development.

Camper Erica Adams, age 13, really enjoyed her time at Cheyney. "I liked it a lot! The thing I got out of camp the most was confidence. In sports and in life, you have to work as a team or it's never going to work. You also have to have a great attitude because coaches look for that kind of stuff," she said.

"We feel that a basketball camp can help a young person to develop their love and appreciation for the sport," Adams acknowledged. "We are a camp committed to teaching fundamental basketball skill through intense station work and individual instruction. We also have developed a character development instruction component that we facilitate through our QUOTE OF THE DAY and WORD OF THE DAY along with outstanding guest speakers.". 

In addition, Kyle said, "Our guest speakers did an amazing job of sharing their knowledge of the game but also about their life experiences, which really helped to further the mission of our camp."

Guest Speakers were:

  • Keith Cochran, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Bayard Rustin High School,
  • Charles Grantham, Cheyney University Alumnus, CU Athletic Hall of Famer, Former Executive Director of the NBA Players Association
  • Rachel Woodall, Head Girls Basketball Coach, Smyrna High School
  • Molly Creamer, Executive Director, Find The Courage