SOMERSET - Operation UNITE’s Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball camps will make a return later this year. The popular free youth basketball camps are scheduled for June and July. The camps, sponsored by Project UNITE, will run from 4 to 7 p.m. each day.
Jeff Sheppard, a highly acclaimed former basketball player at the University of Kentucky, will conduct seven free one-day regional basketball camps this summer in the Fifth Congressional District. The Shoot Hoops Not Drugs Tour will teach school-age youth fundamental basketball skills while emphasizing the importance for them to stay drug-free.
Pre-registration is NOT required.
Participants should wear comfortable shirt, shorts and closed-toe sneakers.
SouthEast Telephone will be providing free hotdogs and water at each of the camps.
Wal-Mart Corporation has donated two portable basketball goals that will be given away at the conclusion of each camp.
Participants will receive a free event T-shirt and Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball.
Last year's basketball camps had 878 participants from 35 Kentucky counties and 5 states and involved 155 volunteers.
Sponsorships are available: GOLD LEVEL ($1,000-plus), SILVER LEVEL ($500-$999) and BRONZE LEVEL ($100-$499).
The camp schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 7 - The Lord's Gym at Whitley City in McCreary County.
Tuesday, June 19 - Jackson County High School (Date rescheduled from June 14).
Thursday, June 21 - Cumberland High School
Thursday, June 28 - Menifee County High School in Frenchburg.
Thursday, July 5 - Knott County Central High School.
Thursday, July 12 - Lawrence County High School.
Thursday, July 19 - East Ridge High School