Shoot Hoops Not Drugs

Virtual SHND Camp held for ChalleNGe Academies

The first virtual Shoot Hoop Not Drugs basketball camp was conducted December 8, 2020, for 101 cadets from the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy and Bluegrass ChalleNGe Academy. UNITE was not able to offer regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps in 2020 because of restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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2021 Regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs Tentative Schedule

All camps begin at 4 pm and conclude at 7 pm

Monday, June 7 – Magoffin County

Tuesday, June 8 – McCreary County

Thursday, June 10 – Breathitt County

Monday, June 14 – Boyd County

Tuesday, June 15 – Harlan County

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: 1) a specially designed event T-shirt, 2) regulation autographed Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball, and 3) 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.

Since its inception in 2006, there have been 86 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps drawing 11,500 youth participants from 63 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.

For 2020, the program will provide information about the dangers posed by stimulant drugs – including such commonly used drugs as Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Adderall, and Ecstasy.
Since inception, 2,528 adults have attended these awareness sessions.

Positive Role-Models

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.

Camp photos

To view photos from previous Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps click on the year.

2019   |   2018   |   2017  |   2016  |   2015  |   2014  |   2013  |   2012  |   2011  |   2010

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.

2020 Event Sponsor

2020 Silver Sponsors

2020 Bronze Sponsors