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2018 hoops_not_drugs color Camps

Five regional Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps featuring four-time All-SEC Academic Team member Jarrod Polson were held in June 2018. Another camp was held at the Appalachian Challenge Academy in September. These camps were attended by 755 youth from 29 Kentucky counties and four other states.
KyGuard-SHNDwebThe Kentucky Army National Guard was the primary sponsor for the 2018 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps.
 

Sponsors Needed
All Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps are made possible through community sponsors. Click here to learn how you can support this youth prevention program.

2018 Camp Memories

 

Drug-free fun

This was the 13th summer (2018) for Shoot Hoops camps, which 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.)
 
Since its inception in 2006, there have been 79 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps drawing 10,445 youth participants from 62 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. In 2018, the sessions focused on marijuana and current drug trends; how to talk with your children about drugs; and the signs, symptoms and dangers of drugs.
 
Since inception, 2,251 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.
 

About Jarrod Polson

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, took over the camps from SHND founder Jeff Sheppard in 2017.
 

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.

 

2018 Event Sponsor

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Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

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


Bronze Sponsors

  • AGE Engineering Services, Inc., Stanford
  • Anonymous
  • Bates, Miller and Sims PLLC, Stanford
  • C&P Quality Meats, London
  • Central Body Service, Inc., Mt. Vernon
  • Commercial Bank of Grayson
  • Corbin Ice Company, Corbin
  • David’s Steakhouse, Corbin
  • First Southern National Bank, Lancaster
  • J.B.K. Roofing Inc., Corbin
  • KCEOC “No Kids Hungry” Program, Barbourville
  • Kentucky Outdoorsman, LLC, Corbin
  • London Tire Center, London
  • Redi-Mart, Crab Orchard
  • Robinson’s Premium Meats, London
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