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Five free, regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps were held in June 2017. This year’s camps were conducted by four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson.
 

 

SHND Camps

  • Thursday, June 8 – Lawrence County High School, Louisa. The camp was attended by 117 youth from five Kentucky counties and two other states. Attending the adult program were 55 parents/guardians, and 31 volunteers assisted.
  • Monday, June 12 – Pulaski County High School, Somerset. The camp was attended by 310 youth from six Kentucky counties. Attending the adult program were 110 parents/guardians, and 41 volunteers assisted.
  • Tuesday, June 13 – Letcher County Central High School, Whitesburg. The camp was attended by 106 youth from four Kentucky counties and one other state. Attending the adult program were 46 parents/guardians, and 31 volunteers assisted.
  • Thursday, June 15 – Menifee County High School, Frenchburg. The camp was attended by 142 youth from six Kentucky counties and one other state. Attending the adult program were 26 parents/guardians, and 22 volunteers assisted.
  • Tuesday, June 20 – Lee County High School, Beattyville. The camp was attended by 62 youth from seven Kentucky counties. Attending the adult program were 25 parents/guardians, and 20 volunteers assisted.

 
KyGuard-SHNDwebThis summer UNITE welcomed the Kentucky Army National Guard as the new primary event sponsor for the 2017 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps.
 
 

Drug-free fun

Now in its 12th summer, Shoot Hoops camps provide school-age youth an opportunity to interact with positive role models, receive positive life-skill and self-esteem messages that emphasize the importance for them to stay drug-free, all while receiving basic basketball skills instruction.
 
All participants in the UNITE-sponsored camps received a specially designed event T-shirt, regulation autographed Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball, and are entered into a drawing for two portable basketball goals that are given away to participants at each camp location. (Must be present to win.)
 
Since its inception in 2006, there have been 72 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps drawing 9,516 youth participants from 59 Kentucky counties, 20 other states, and two other countries – England and Mexico.
 
Adult education
As part of each camp, parents and guardians are invited to attend a brief education program on heroin and current drug trends; how to talk with your children about drugs; and the signs, symptoms and dangers of drugs.
 
Since inception, 2,014 adults have attended these awareness sessions.
 
Positive Role-models
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.
 

Jarrod Polson conducting SHND camps

polson_jarrod-webFormer University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson conducted the 2017 camps.
 
A native of Wilmore, Polson set the Kentucky High School Athletic Association record for free throws attempted and made in a January 2009 game in which he tallied 50 points. As a senior, he helped lead West Jessamine High School to the second round of the Sweet 16 state tournament and was named First Team All-State. He finished his high-school career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,884 points.
 
Originally a walk-on at UK, the 6-foot-2 point guard quickly impressed Coach John Calipari, who gave him a full scholarship before his freshman year began. Although receiving only limited playing time during his first two seasons – which included a National Championship during the 2011-12 season – Polson proved himself in the 2012-13 season-opening game against Maryland. After being inserted for an ailing teammate, he logged 10-points, a key steal, and clutch free throws in the waning minutes of the game to solidify his spot in the rotation.
 
Over his four years at UK, Polson played in 94 games, scoring a total of 140 points with a .424 field goal percentage (.313 three-point percentage).
 
In the spring of 2014, the West Jessamine Colts retired Polson’s jersey – the first time that distinction had been awarded in school history.
 
Polson, who assisted with several camps in 2015 and 2016, replaced SHND founder Jeff Sheppard.
 

Photos from previous camps

To view photos from the 2016 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps Click here  flickrlogo-web.
To view photos from the 2015 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps Click here  flickrlogo-web.
To view photos from the 2014 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps Click here  flickrlogo-web.
To view photos from the 2013 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps Click here  flickrlogo-web.
To view photos from the 2012 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps Click here  flickrlogo-web.
To view photos from the 2011 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps Click here  flickrlogo-web.
To view photos from the 2010 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps Click here  flickrlogo-web.

 

2017 Event Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

Appalachia  shnd17-walmart-web  thevideoguy-shndweb  


Silver Sponsors

 Americorps-web     Christian App Project-web   Cumberland Gap web                     WestCareKentucky web  


Bronze Sponsors

  • Alton Blakley Ford-Lincoln – Somerset
  • Baptist Health – Corbin
  • Community Trust Bank – Whitesburg
  • Eagle Heights Church – Somerset
  • Food City – Whitesburg
  • Kentucky Outdoorsman – Corbin
  • Andrew Roberds – Somerset
  • South Kentucky RECC
  • Whitaker Bank – Whitesburg