Have fun while learning skills at Giorlando camp

Loyola New Orleans head basketball coach Mike Giorlando will host his 11th annual basketball camp in June at the Loyola University Sports Complex on the corner of Calhoun and Freret streets.

“We get a variety of skill levels,” said Giorlando, who also serves as Loyola’s athletic director. “The real joy is to see the repeat campers and how they improve as they grow and how they enjoy the camp. They really enjoy the (skills) station work and the competition. That’s the value of the camp.”

Giorlando said the improvement in a camper’s performance is noticeable from year to year.

“We know that two weeks of basketball is not going to make them an all-conference player, but this does give them a base to work on throughout the summer and then hopefully for their next school year,” Giorlando said.

There are two, one-week day camps for boys and girls ages 6-14: June 2-6 and June 9-13.

Each camp will teach basketball fundamentals such as passing, shooting, dribbling and defense, and there will be both individual and team competitions. Among the fun drills will be free throws, hot shot and bump. Team competitions will be offered with 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 games.

The camps run Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $190 per camp if the camper is preregistered, and $210 per camp for walk-up registration. The cost to attend both camps is $320, and there is a $10 discount for each referral.

Campers will receive a basketball and T-shirt.

A $75 nonrefundable deposit for each camp is required at registration. Send checks payable to Mike Giorlando, 334 E. Woodstone Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

“Summer camp is one of my favorite times of the year,” Giorlando said. “The opportunity to teach the fundamentals of basketball and instill lifelong learning skills for youngsters is very important to my staff and me.”

For more information, call 864-7711 or email giohoops@gmail.com.

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