The Pelican State Youth Movement's Multi-Sports Camp will be held Thursday-Saturday, June 28-30 at Bastrop High. Camp times will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Campers will receive instruction in basketball, soccer and golf.
Following the closure of the International Paper mill in Bastrop, the event's chief sponsor, the camp was replaced by a picnic for two years. Last year, the camp was revived with youngsters receiving instruction in basketball, soccer and track.
Founded by Kenny Natt and members of Bastrop High's 1974-75 state championship basketball team, the first camp was held in 2004. Natt, a former NBA player and head coach, is now head of India's national team. Natt founded the camp in memory of Ms. Inez Grant, a longtime P.E. teacher in the Morehouse Parish School system.
Though other sports have been added over the years, basketball remains the focal point of the camp.
“The kids around here aren't being taught fundamentals,” said Robinson, who went on to a stellar career at the University of Arkansas at Monticello after helping the Rams to the state title as a senior. “When kids get to high school, it's time for them to start learning how to play basketball. They should already have the fundamentals down. It's not fair to our high school coaches to have to teach fundamentals.”
The camp is open to students ages 8-17 (campers must be enrolled in school) at a cost of $30. Lunch is included in the fee. Registration is being conducted online at www.pelicanstateyouth.org and at the Bastrop Parks & Recration Dept., located in Room 224 of the City Hall Complex. All registration forms must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 26, at 4 p.m.