New Advanced Basketball Chug Option for Kayitz 2014!

We are excited to announce a special chug (elective) offering for the first two weeks of our first session this summer at Ramah: an Advanced Basketball Workshop!

The Basketball Stars of New York program — the group that has run our Kishroniyah basketball offering for many years — will be sending two coaches to run a special opt-in advanced basketball chug for campers who love basketball and want to take their skills to the next level.

Who is this for: campers with some basketball experience who are serious about taking their game to the next level.

When will these workshops happen:  most campers in this chug will take it for two hours a day.  (See below for an edah-by-edah breakdown.)

Who will be teaching these workshops: Here are bios of the amazing coaches who will be coming to run this program.  (Dermon will run the first half of the chug rotation, and Maurice will run the second half.)

Dermon Player – St. John’s University (PG/SG)

Dermon Player joined the Basketball Stars team after spending four years as assistant coach at Seton Hall University in the Big East Conference. Player’s ties and roots to New York City began in the early 1990’s as an assistant coach at Rice High School. At the same time, Player coached one of the most talented AAU teams in history with Elton Brand, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest. Following Rice HS, he went on to be the Athletic Director of Wadleigh High School in New York and transitioned Riverside Church into the Metro Hawks. After a couple of years, Coach Player was granted the opportunity to join the coaching staff at St. John’s University in 1998 where served as an assistant for six years before becoming a scout for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. Coach Player’s high level of energy and vast experience on the court makes him a perfect fit for the Basketball Stars team.

Maurice Maxwell – UMASS (PG)

Coach Maurice Maxwell Sr. was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. His basketball career began playing at Lutheran Academy Prep School in Philadelphia where he was considered a top 25 player in the recruiting class of 2003. After receiving numerous Division I scholarship offers from Miami University, St. Joe’s, Temple, Lasalle, Indiana University, Maurice decided to attend the University of Massachusetts where he averaged double digits and played a lethal all-around game finishing top 3 on UMASS in rebounding, scoring, assists and steals over his career. Following college, Maxwell spent a couple of years overseas playing professionally in China and Canada before spending a season in the D-League playing for the Springfield Armor where he started and was brought to the Cavaliers for training camp. He now lives in New York and is dedicating his life to working with kids.

For Kochavim (mini-session) and Ilanot (current 3rd and 4th graders) campers, we will offer Advanced Basketball for one hour a day.

For Solelim (current 5th graders) and Shoafim (current 6th graders) campers, we will offer Advanced Basketball for two hours a day.  Campers who sign up will participate in this workshop for two of their three chug p’rakim (elective periods) at camp for the first two weeks of the summer.

For Magshimim (current 7th graders) and Bogrim (current 8th graders) campers, we will also offer Advanced Basketball for two hours a day.  Campers who sign up will participate in this workshop for one of their chug p’rakim along with their bechirot perek (free choice block) before dinner.

For Machon (current 9th graders) campers, we will offer Advanced Basketball for one hour a day.

For Nivonim (current 10th graders) campers, those who sign up for our regular basketball chug will be guest-coached by our visiting coaches for the first week of camp.  (During week two, Nivonim will be out of camp on their Etgar — outdoor adventure experience).

For all of these edot, the Advanced Basketball chug option will be listed on your on-line chug sign-up form.  (The link to sign up for kayitz 2014 chuggim will be e-mailed out to all campers and parents on Friday May 16th, and the form must be completed by June 2nd, 2014.)  This chug option will only be offered for the first two weeks of the first session.  Space is limited.

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