Orlando camp will be Magic

Summer is always a busy time for
local basketball as competitions are in progress and camps are under way. This
month will see one of the bigger spectacles featuring a pro hoops team.

The second annual Cayman Islands
Basketball Association Orlando Magic basketball camp takes place 26-30 July.
Like last year the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana Bay plays host to the
festivities.

Boys and girls aged 7-16 are
encouraged to attend the four-day camp. Two sessions take place daily with a
morning section from 8.30am-12 noon for the 7-11 age group. An afternoon
session is on from 12.30-4pm for the 12-16 age group. All skill levels are
welcomed.

A registration fee of CI$100 per
child is in effect for the camp. Participants receive a free camp T-shirt and
are eligible for giveaways, awards and random prizes. The camp features
basketball drills, skills contests and exhibition games led by members of the Orlando
Magic staff and top-rated youth coaches from Central Florida.

In addition a major name within the
Orlando Magic organisation is slated to attend the camp. At press time it is
not known who that individual will be this year. At the inaugural camp former
star forward Nick Anderson was present. He came under the title of Orlando’s
team community ambassador.

Anderson, 41, stated he was happy
to be in Cayman for the first time and enjoyed the experience of coaching the
roughly 75 kids at the camp. He stated he saw a number of talented players who
had a passion for the game. For the record Anderson had a 13-year pro career,
spending a decade with Orlando. The 6ft 6in alumnus of the University of
Illinois was known for his great perimeter shooting and his role in the 1995
NBA playoffs that saw Orlando earn its first NBA Finals appearance.

Interestingly this year’s camp
comes 13 months since the Magic were last in the Finals. Behind Dwight Howard
and Hedo Turkoglu Orlando represented the Eastern Conference in the 2008 Finals
and were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. The Lakers repeated as
NBA champs this season after beating the Boston Celtics in the Finals in seven
games. Orlando was knocked out in the conference semi-finals in six games by
the Celtics.

Interested
people are asked to sign up soon as space is limited. For more information call
640-3641 or e-mail [email protected]

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Roughly 75 kids were led through drills last year.
Photo: Matthew Yates
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