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Men's Hoops Team Camp a Success

July 23, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dale Layer and his staff ran a successful team camp in July.

Dale Layer and his staff ran a successful team camp in July.

Nearly 350 high school boys' basketball players took part in Liberty's 2009 Team Summer Camp on the campus of Liberty University. The camp lasted four days earlier this month on nine air conditioned courts at the LaHaye Student Center.

"It was a great week of camp with close to 350 students on campus participating in our camp," commented Liberty Head Men's Basketball Coach Dale Layer. "The competition level was high and we saw great participation and camaraderie amongst the teams. The kids left with a very favorable opinion of our facilities, our campus and our basketball program. It was a great week for everyone involved."

"The Liberty Team Camp was a great experience for our kids," said Shonn Brown, Head Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach at Charlotte Christian. "Most of our kids have never been to the campus and it gives us a chance to expose them to Liberty University. It was a great four days of basketball where we were able to meet with the Liberty coaching staff whenever we wanted and the skill development sessions were very beneficial to us."

The team camp featured nine games per team and instruction from the Liberty coaching staff along with current and former Liberty players, including Anthony Smith just prior to his appearance for the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando NBA Summer League.

"What a fantastic experience," commented Liberty Christian Academy Head Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach John Patterson. "We have been to a lot of team camps, and Dale Layer and his staff have added another element of instruction to this team camp that doesn't exist anywhere else."

Licensed high school and college referees were on hand for all games. In addition to games contested, campers were also treated to skill sessions along with individual contests, daily player and coaches' clinic.

"The team camp met everything we were looking to get out of it," reflected Carl Jackson, head varsity boys' basketball coach at Trinity Christian in Jacksonville, Fla. "We were at the premier Christian university in the world, and the experience was a tremendous influence on our kids. We had Christian college kids who play at a high level around my players while getting a Christian viewpoint. The facilities were amazing. From the gym space and dining commons to the rooms and showers, you couldn't ask for better accommodations."