South Jones Lady Braves Host Basketball Camp For Ellisville State School
Individuals served by Ellisville State School had the chance recently to learn more about the sport of basketball thanks to the South Jones Lady Braves basketball team. The ladies hosted their fourth annual basketball camp for the men and ladies served by Ellisville State School. The team invited the participants to try their hand at dribbling, passing, and shooting free throws. Afterward a friendly competition ensued in speed dribbling and later everyone got the chance to try their hand at shooting the ball. The final activity for the camp was a scrimmage game.
Coach Sherri Cooley, who worked at Ellisville State School for a number of years, said the camp is a way for the team to give back to the community while sharing their skills and having fun at the same time. It also allows her to stay in touch with the individuals she worked with at Ellisville State School. “This is a way to stay connected to the individuals there,” she said. “I know they enjoy basketball. This is a way to involve my girls.” Cooley added that while coaching is very rewarding she also cherishes her time and memories made at Ellisville State School.
Approximately twelve of the varsity players assisted at the camp. For Jakeyla Miller, a junior at South Jones High School, this was her second year to help with the camp. She stated, “It’s really great to teach them something really basic and have fun watching them do it.” When asked what was her greatest benefit in being a part of the camp, Miller replied, “I like to see them smiling and having fun doing something I love that they will probably grow to love too.”
The benefits of participating in the camp also extend to the men and ladies from Ellisville State School. According to Shaunta Fairley, activities director for Leisure Services at Ellisville State School, the camp is also a time for them to show off their prowess on the court. “They get to show off their basketball skills and interact with the basketball players from the school,” she stated. “They enjoy that every year.”