Six free, regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps led by University of Kentucky All-Star Jeff Sheppard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson were held in 2016.
- Tuesday, June 14 – Warfield Middle School, Martin County View photos from camp.
- Thursday, June 16 – Owsley County High School, Booneville View photos from camp.
- Monday, June 20 – Morgan County High School, West Liberty View photos from camp.
- Tuesday, June 21 – Rodney C. Woods Gym, Wayne County Schools Campus, Monticello View photos from camp.
- Thursday, June 23 – Knott County Sportsplex, Leburn View photos from camp.
Ameritox once again served the event sponsor. Become part of the UNITE Team by helping sponsor the 2017 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps.
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Shoot Hoops camps provide participants an opportunity to interact with positive role models, receive positive anti-drug and self-esteem messages in conjunction with basic basketball skills instruction.
This year, parents and guardians were invited to attend a brief education program on heroin and other opiates; how to talk with your children about drugs; and the signs, symptoms and dangers of drugs.
Since inception, 1,752 adults have attended these trainings.
All participants in the UNITE-sponsored camps received a specially designed event shirt, regulation autographed Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball, and were entered into a drawing for two portable basketball goals given away at each location.
Shoot Hoops Not Drugs programs teach school-age youth fundamental basketball skills while emphasizing the importance for them to stay drug-free. Camps are fun, interactive, and provide a safe, drug-free activity where children have an opportunity to interact with positive role models while learning fundamental basketball skills.
As a senior at the University of Kentucky (UK), Jeff Sheppard was named the NCAA’s Final Four Most Valuable Player in the Wildcats’ 1997-98 National Championship season. He would later go on to play one season with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and 3 years in Italy.
Jarrod Polson, a Kentucky native, went from walk-on to scholarship athlete before his freshman year at UK had begun. Over his four years, Polson played in 94 games, scoring a total of 140 points with a .424 field goal percentage (.313 three-point percentage). He is a four-time All-SEC Academic Team member.
Some of the best volunteers at camp have been the residents and staff from the WestCare and Chad’s Hope treatment facilities. Their enthusiasm for helping youth stay positive and headed in a drug-free direction has added an extra spark to the instruction.
Through 2016 there have been 67 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps drawing 8,860 youth participants from 58 Kentucky counties, 20 other states, and two other countries – England and Mexico.
Photos from previous camps
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2016 Event Sponsor
- Tom Blair (State Farm) Insurance Agency, Inc. of Corbin
- First National Bank of Grayson
- Levi Pawn & Gun of Booneville