Shoot Hoops Not Drugs
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, 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. (Must be present to win.)
15th Annual Shoot Hoops Not Drugs Camps will be held in June 2020.
Since its inception in 2006, there have been 85 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps drawing 11,375 youth participants from 63 Kentucky counties, 20 other states, and two other countries – England and Mexico.
2019 SHND Camps
Six basketball camps were held during 2019, the 14th summer for Shoot Hoops camps:
- Tuesday, June 11 – Clay County High School – Attended by 242 campers from 3 counties.
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- Thursday, June 13 – Rowan County Middle School – Attended by 168 campers from 12 Kentucky counties plus West Virginia.
View 90 photos from the camp
- Monday, June 17 – West Perry County Elementary – Attended by 76 youth from 5 counties.
View 101 photos from the camp
- Tuesday, June 18 – Rockcastle County Middle School – Attended by 103 youth from 2 counties.
View 121 photos from the camp
- Thursday, June 20 – Whitley County High School – Attended by 266 youth from 4 counties plus Tennessee.
View 116 photos from the camp
- Wednesday, September 11 – Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy, Harlan County – 99 cadets participated.
View 75 photos from the camp
As part of each camp, parents and guardians are invited to attend a brief education program. In 2019, the sessions focused on vaping, e-cigarettes and current drug trends; how to talk with your children about drugs; and the signs, symptoms and dangers of drug use.
Since inception, 2,528 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.
About Jarrod Polson
Former 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, took over the camps from SHND founder Jeff Sheppard in 2017.
2019 Gold Sponsors
2019 Silver Sponsors
2019 Bronze Sponsors
C&P Quality Meats, London
Central Body Service, Inc., Mt. Vernon
Creech & Gibbs Pharmacy, Corbin
DG Trucking & Equipment Sales, Lily
Kentucky Hometown Bank, Corbin
Kentucky Outdoorsman, Corbin
R&S Variety and True Value Hardware, Manchester
Robinson’s Premium Meats, London
Tim Short Chevrolet, Manchester
Whitaker Bank, Lexington