Seven free Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps, taught by former UK all-star Jeff Sheppard, were conducted in 2013. Participants received a free basketball, T-shirt and meal.
- Carter County, June 3 at East Carter Middle School, 158 participants. View photos. | Read story.
- Elliott County, June 4 at Elliott County High School, 106 participants. View photos. | Read story.
- Bell County, June 6 at Middlesboro High School, 182 participants. View photos. | Read story.
- Leslie County, June 17 at Leslie County High, 93 participants. View photos. | Read story.
- Lincoln County, June 18 at Lincoln County High, 284 participants. View photos. | Read story.
- Breathitt County, June 20 at Sebastian Middle School, 189 participants. View photos. | Read story.
- Harlan County, October 10 at the National Guard’s Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy, 72 participants. View photos. | Read story.
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. A brief education program on how to talk with your children about drugs and the signs, symptoms and dangers of drugs is provided to parents and/or guardians. More than 400 caregivers attended programs at the 2013 camps.
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. Camps began at 4 p.m. and concluded about 7 p.m.
As a senior at the University of Kentucky, 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.
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 2013 there have been 51 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps drawing 6,749 youth participants from 55 Kentucky counties, 15 other states, and two other countries – England and Mexico.
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2013 Event Sponsors
2013 Gold Sponsors
2013 Silver Sponsors
2013 Bronze Sponsors
- Breathitt County Agency for Substance Abuse Prevention
- Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation
Sponsors are wanted for the 2014 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps. For details on how you can help contact: Carlos Cameron, 606-330-1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org