Summer vacation is just around the corner for area school children, and many will be looking for activities to do.
The Grizzly basketball program at Missouri State University-West Plains has one fun option to consider -- Grizzly Basketball Camps.
The fun begins on May 22 with the Little Dribblers Camp for boys and girls age 3 through 6 (preschool through kindergarten) and the Elementary Skills Camp for boys and girls in first through sixth grades.
The Little Dribblers Camp, which will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. May 22- 25, will concentrate on ball-handling skills, teaching the youngsters how to pass, dribble and catch the ball.
"Our goal is for kids to become familiar with the basketball," Grizzly Head Basketball Coach Brian Ostermann said. "This is a very popular camp, and enrollment is limited."
Each participant will receive a free ball, he added.
The Elementary Skills Camp, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each day through May 22-25, will concentrate on basic basketball fundamentals, with primary emphasis being placed on passing, shooting, dribbling and footwork.
"Our goals for this camp are to have fun and improve as basketball players," Ostermann said.
There will be several contests and awards, and each child will receive a Grizzly basketball or a free T-shirt.
Participants will be instructed by Ostermann, assistant Grizzly basketball Coach Andre Amos and seven-year college coach Julie Ostermann.
Cost of the camps are $35 for the Little Dribblers and $75 for the Elementary Skills Camp.
Registration forms are available by calling the Grizzly basketball office, 417-255-7993, stopping by the office on the second floor of the West Plains Civic Center's east side, or by visiting the Grizzly Basketball web site at www.wp.missouristate.edu/Grizzly/bb.htm and clicking on the Basketball Camps link underneath the Grizzly head logo.
Other camps are scheduled later in the summer, including the shooting and competition camps for boys and girls in third through 12th grade, and the Grizzly Boys Team Shootouts for junior high/middle school, junior varsity and varsity teams in early August.
More details about these camps will be announced at a later date, or those interested can visit the Grizzly Basketball Camps Web site at www.wp.missouristate.edu/Grizzly/Grizzly....
For more information about any of the camps or to register, call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.