Former Logan High School basketball player and Boone County native Jeff Williamson has put together a pretty impressive basketball camp.
The Hoopie Williamson Memorial Basketball Camp, set for Aug. 4-6 at three different Boone County gyms, will bring in several current and former college basketball players as well as several coaches who will serve as camp counselors.
Williamson played on Logan High School’s 2005 Class AA state championship team and is currently the head boys’ basketball coach at Tamasee-Salem High School in Salem, S.C.
“The total cost for my camp is free,” Williamson said. “My goal is to help the kids in southern West Virginia. Many people cannot afford to send their child or children to basketball camp. For that reason I decided three years ago to bring the basketball camp to them.”
Williamson said this is the third year for his basketball camp and the particpation continues to grow.
“Our first year we had 85 campers, last year 91 and this year we are at 110,” he said.
The camp is for area students ages 5-13 and will be held at three different gyms in Boone County: The Jeffrey Spencer Elementary School gym (NAIA Division for 5-7-year-olds); The Rampage Elementary School gym (NCAA Division for 8-10-year-olds); and The Driven Knights Gymnasium (NBA Division for 11-13-year-olds), located on Six Mile Road.
The camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
Each camper receives a basketball, tote bag, T-shirt, breakfast and lunch each day.
The camp is named in honor of Jeff Williamson’s father, a cancer victim.
“David ‘Hoopie’ Williamson was my father that lost his fight with cancer on June 27, 2012,” Williamson said.
Camp counselors are current/former college players/college coaches/high school players/high school coaches.
Some of the the camp counselors, include: Zach Green (Alderson-Broaddus/Logan High School and an LHS assistant coach); Brantz O’Briant (WVWC/Glenville St./Logan High); KristinDesRocher (Glenville State/Chapmanville Regional High School); Jordan Butcher (WVU Tech/CRHS); Julie Conway (WVU Tech/Scott High School); Brandon Bias (University of Pikeville Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach); David Williamson (CRHS head girls’ basketball coach).
Several other coaches and former players will also be on hand at the camp, Williamson said.
The scheduled guest speakers include: WVU Tech head men’s basketball coach Bob Williams, West Virginia State Trooper P.J. Robinette and former Logan High School basketball coach Mark Hatcher.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).