Head coach Todd Cottrell, junior varsity coach Judd Gravitt, members of the DCHS boys basketball team and local volunteers put together a youth skills camp from Monday, June 6, to Thursday, June 9.
As part of a larger effort to grow the basketball program in Dawson County, the camp hosted aspiring athletes between the third and eighth grade age groups.
“Camp was fantastic [and] the turnout was outstanding,” Cottrell said. “We are extremely happy with the attitude and effort of both the campers and of our current players.”
The camp also included a variety of events, with the first couple of days focused on fundamental skill development.
After spending time working hard on the basics, the kids were allowed to take part in several fun competitions on the final day.
These included short, fast-paced team events, layup challenges and jump shot competitions.
But the overarching theme across all four days was the development of character, leadership and sportsmanship skills that the young athletes could take forward with them in life.
While Cottrell served as the main skills coach during the camp, he also served as messenger of the ideas he wanted the athletes to remember.
He reminded all of them that “the most important thing is for us to do our best.”
The character development did not stop at the camp participants. For members of the DCHS basketball team who helped out, the camp gave each of them an opportunity to show their leadership qualities and to show the younger athletes the standard of Tigers basketball.
“Our current players were exceptional in helping our next generation of players improve,” Cottrell said. “If we continue to improve our skill, the future is very bright.”
Those players will be starting up their scrimmage season soon, which will give Cottrell and Gravitt a first look into next season’s potential.
Heading into the scrimmage season, the Tigers will be looking to build a roster after the departure of several seniors. Returning players such as Trey Harvey, Caden Reed, Ethan Parker and Joshua Priest will be leaders on a youthful team.
The first scrimmage game will be at South Forsyth tonight at 6 p.m. while the first home game will be next Thursday against Denmark at 5 p.m.