Lowry High School Hall of Famer Nathan Green put on the second annual Crush It Basketball Camp last Monday through Thursday at the Winnemucca Boys and Girls Club.
The kids were broken into three separate age groups to ensure that they could receive personal attention to their specific skill sets. The 3-4 graders took the morning session, with 5-6 graders going next, and the afternoon session was attended by 7-9 graders.
“Nicholas (Green) was my little brother who passed away when he was 13 in 2003,” Nathan said. “I graduated from Lowry in 2002 and went off to college, but Coach (Chad) Peters helped me start this scholarship for Nicholas to keep his name going. This was the 15th year that we have been able to give a scholarship to a Lowry senior. The reason that we call our camp “Crush It” is because Orange Crush was Nicholas’ favorite drink.”
Sixty kids attended the camp and received a camp T-shirt as well as invaluable knowledge of the game from a high school state champion.
“The goal of the camp is to start with the fundamentals," Green said. "I am a big believer in defense and ball handling. I think those two things can help a kid play for any coach at any level. Our community has a lot of hard workers in it and I try to instill that work ethic in the kids as it relates to basketball. They have to work hard to improve their skills; there is no secret sauce that will help them get better.”
The Winnemucca Boys and Girls Club is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a variety of activities offered. More information can be found at bgcwin.org.
“I am really appreciative of all the support from the community,” Green concluded. “The parents and the high school basketball players that came to help out were great.”