Apr 28, 2009
Athletics give back
by Jordan Losasso
The hustle and flow might slow during the summer for Liberty University, but it never stops. Liberty athletics plans to put on 17 different camps designed to develop talent and skills, and to allow high school athletes to see a glimpse of life at Liberty.
Over 10,000 people are slated to attend summer camps and conferences at Liberty this year and 2,000 of those are students participating in athletic camps.
“Any time there is an opportunity for the community to see the university, and have a better appreciation for the school and (women’s basketball), it’s a good thing,” Carey Green Basketball Camp Director and Assistant Coach Heather Stephens said.
Liberty’s women’s basketball program holds three camps for different ages and skill levels throughout the summer. Individual Camp is for all high school girls, Elite Camp is for girls at the varsity level and Flames Day camp reaches girls in grades five through eight.
The camps allow the participants to build relationships with fellow campers, the coaches and most of all the Lady Flames.
“My favorite thing about the camps is the relationships,” Coach Carey Green said.
One camper suffered an unfortunate knee injury prior to camp, but she was able to seek guidance from Moriah Frazee, a Lady Flame who went through a similar injury and surgery.
Frazee and the camper exchanged e-mail addresses and communicated back and forth about the struggles of knee injuries. Frazee encouraged the girl through the healing process.
“The campers don’t come to see me or Coach Green. They come to see the players,” Stephens said.
The Lady Flames are able to form a unique bond with the campers that the coaches cannot.
“They view coaches as adults with a separate status level. They form relationships with players and get to see the Lady Flames as people. The Lady Flames are role models for the campers,” Stephens said.
“I may not be involved with every drill but these girls don’t come for… me. These 8-year-old girls look up to players like Megan Frazee,” Green said.
The campers get to test their basketball abilities against the Lady Flames, who are an instrumental part of the camps every year. Every one of the players has been involved, according to Green.
The camps offer an avenue for the girls to play against elite competition and even WNBA talent. It is that competition that allows Carey Green Basketball Camps to be successful in its purpose for developing the player’s skills. The three-day camps provide the attendees the tools to continue to improve beyond the summer.
“We give them exposure to drills so they can work on them at home. To give them the tools to take home and develop is our goal,” Stephens said. “(The goal) is to help campers develop better fundamentals and provide an opportunity to apply them in game situations.”
Green made it clear that “Our mission is to reach people for Christ and basketball is a tool. Jerry Falwell knew that when he said we reach youth with two major things—sports and music.”