Youth learn basketball, life lessons at John Wooden camp

Youth participate in the John R. Wooden Camp at Punahou School.
Youth participate in the John R. Wooden Camp at Punahou School.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It may be summer, but that didn't stop youth from attending a sports camp at Punahou School on Wednesday.

More than 80 boys and girls from first to 12th grade participated in this year's John R. Wooden Course Basketball Camp.

Led by former UCLA assistant Craig Impelman, the four-day clinic teaches children basic skill fundamentals and life lessons based on Coach Wooden's philosophies.

"He [Coach Wooden] loved to win, but he thought talking about it was counter-productive and he asked for something better, which is your best effort," Impelman said. "That's the philosophy behind the camp."

Each day of the camp is divided up into two sessions. During the morning, the kids learn individual fundamentals such as footwork, passing, rebounding and defense. In the afternoon, the instructional focus shifts to team oriented activities.

According to Impelman, mini skits are intertwined within the daily schedule to teach more kids about the "Wooden Way."

The camp, which began over 30 years ago, is celebrating its first year in the islands.

"We'd like to come back to do two to three weeks next summer, instead of just one," Impelman said. "This is a great environment."

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