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2014-06-25 Future Tigers take over; Men's Basketball summer camps huge success
2014 Camps 1

The 2014 Overnight Skills Camp had over 115 in attendance including the ONU men's basketball team

Future Tigers take over; Men's Basketball summer camps huge success

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM
2014 Camps 2

The men's basketball team hosted approximately 85 campers during their two Little Tigers/Advanced Training Camps

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Led by Head Coach Ralph Hodge and the coaching staff, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball program hosted a month full of camps and high school shootouts in June. The Tigers held 15 days of activities — three weeks of individual skills camps and two weekends of high school shootouts — on campus using McHie Arena, Birchard Gymnasium, and the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center (SLRC).

During three weeks of individual skills camps, the Tiger coaches had the opportunity of working with approximately 180 campers from ages six to college-age. In addition, all current and incoming ONU men’s basketball student-athletes were on campus participating and helping with the Overnight Skills Camp (June 22-25). Each camp included teaching through the explanation of terminology, warm-up, demonstration, drills, practice situations, individual instruction, 1-on-1 and 3-on-3. Throughout every camp, the ONU coaching staff took time each day to talk about the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, sacrifice within a team concept and integrated faith. Campers also had the opportunity to stay in Chapman Hall, eat meals in Ludwig Center, and swim each night in the Perry SLRC's aquatic center.

The men’s basketball team also held two round-robin style shootouts for high school players, featuring teams from central Illinois, Chicagoland and Indiana. This summer, 30 varsity and junior varsity teams — including more than 350 athletes and coaches — played at least five games in ONU’s Perry SLRC Fieldhouse and were given the opportunity to stay on campus. Many local teams took advantage of the shootout: Bishop McNamara, Bradley-Bourbonnais, Beecher, Dwight, Herscher, St. Anne and Watseka. Gardner-South Wilmington High School's team, coached by alumnus and former Tiger assistant coach Chris Gibson ’06, also made the trip.

Information about the 2015 ONU Men’s Basketball Summer Camps will be released online in early spring 2014.