Southwestern to host USA hoops camp

LAKEWOOD — Beginning Sunday, Southwestern will be one of eight sites nationally to host a free-to-attend “Open Court” program for the 2019 season.

According to the USA Basketball website, the Open Court program “connects children to local facilities with the goal of encouraging open play in a fun and safe environment.”

The 12-week program “provides a unique experience as children decide how to engage with the game under the supervision of USA Basketball-licensed coaches.”

Finally, youngsters – ages 6-17 from any school district, not just Southwestern – will earn participation points for every session attended and can be traded in for prizes at the program’s conclusion.

The sessions will be held weekly at Southwestern high school and elementary gymnasiums, beginning this Sunday and running every Sunday through Nov. 3.

The times are 1-2 p.m. for ages 6-9; 2:15-4:15 p.m. for ages 10-12; and 4:30-6:30 p.m. for ages 13-17. Participants may choose from many different basketball activities, including stations; 3-on-3 and small-sided games; 5-on-5 competition; and other basketball-related games.

There will be up to 12 supervisors, mainly from Southwestern.

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