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