Shoot Hoops Not Drugs
Monday, June 6
- 51 youth from five counties participated in the camp at Sebastian Elementary School.
- 27 people attended an educational program about vaping.
Monday, June 13
- 171 youth from eight Kentucky counties plus Tennessee participated in the camp at Johnson Central High School.
- 55 people attended an educational program about vaping.
Tuesday, June 14
- 79 youth from four Kentucky counties plus Tennessee and South Carolina participated in the camp at McCreary County Middle School.
- 18 people attended an educational program about vaping.
Thursday, June 16
- 90 youth from four Kentucky counties participated in the camp at Jackson County High School.
- 19 people attended an educational program about vaping.
Since its inception in 2006 through June 20, 2022, there have been 95 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps drawing 12,399 youth participants from 63 Kentucky counties, 20 other states, and two other countries – England and Mexico.
About the camps
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 receive:
- A specially designed event T-shirt
- A regulation autographed Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball, and
- Are entered into a drawing for two portable basketball goals that are given away at the conclusion of each camp location. (You must be present to win.)
Water and food are provided to everyone attending each camp.
As part of each camp, parents and guardians are invited to attend a brief education program.
The 2022 program provided facts and information about the dangers associated with vaping.
Since inception, 2,773 adults have attended these awareness sessions
Some of the best volunteers at camp have been the residents and staff from residential treatment facilities located within UNITE’s service region. Their enthusiasm for helping youth make good choices, stay positive, and headed in a drug-free direction has added an extra spark to the skills instruction.
In addition, members of the host county’s UNITE Community Coalition provide much-appreciated support by assisting with registration, food preparation and service, and event cleanup.
About Jarrod Polson
Former University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson conducts the SHND 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, took over the camps from SHND founder Jeff Sheppard in 2017.
Shoot Hoops Not Drugs Sponsors
Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps are funded entirely through sponsorships and donations.
2022 Event Sponsor
2022 Gold Sponsors
2022 Silver Sponsors
2022 Bronze Sponsors
Castle’s Roofing & Gutters, Paintsville
Joe’s Auto Sales, Marshes Siding
Kroger, Whitley City
Larry’s Mini Mart, Whitley City
McCreary County Attorney Austin Price, Whitley City
McCreary County Judge-Executive Jimmie Greene, Whitley City
McDonald’s, Whitley City
Peking Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Paintsville
Porkey’s Pizza, Paintsville
Smokin’ Butts BBQ, LLC, Paintsville
Randy Kidd – State Farm Insurance, Whitley City
Tres Hermanos Nuñez Restaurant, Paintsville