Belmopan children get basketball training from a professional

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We now bring you coverage of the basketball summer camp. As we mentioned, this second cycle of the program got off the ground on Monday. This morning we stopped by their training facility at the UB gymnasium to check out what the young ballers have been up to. Galen Eagle’s superstar Jarrell Velasquez, is one of the camp’s instructors.

Jarrell Velasquez – Camp Instructor:

vlcsnap-2013-07-31-08h48m53s172Today we are the the UB Gym doing this “Ballers For Life” Camp, teaching the kids what we know.  It’s an opportunity for us to teach these kids what we have been learning, to better their game and grow as basketball players.  These guys learn very fast.  We show them once or twice, and it’s goo to see the light click in their heads, because they understand what we’re trying to accomplish.  They learn quick.  They like to have fun.  It’s good to see that they’re having fun and learning at the same time.

 

While the camp is designed to be fun, the kids, says Mr Velasquez, are learning a great deal of basketball proficiency.

Jarrell Velasquez – Camp Instructor:

We’re teaching them defense, getting in a defensive stance, using drills, close out drills, closing out head and high shoulders, different types of lay-ups, finishing with the right hand, jumping off the left leg, laying off with the left hand, jumping off the right leg, just the fundamentals of the game.

Move aside Lebron James, a new breed of ballers are rising up to take the basketball ball world by storm.

vlcsnap-2013-07-31-09h04m33s55The camp is very energetic.  We all have fun.  It’s really fun because all of us come from different places and we get to know each other very well.  [I want to be] an NBA superstar.

 

 

vlcsnap-2013-07-31-09h07m49s238I’d like to be like Lebron James.

 

 

 

vlcsnap-2013-07-31-09h09m13s69I feel good. It was a little challenging because you never know what you’re going to do. maybe do something new or something already done before. I think it’s a very good opportunity because this is like a one-time thing for the year, so it’s very good because they get to do basketball and sports and stuff.

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