Brandon Todd — who sometimes bills himself as "The 5'5" Dunker" — has dreamed of dunking since he was a little boy. He wore ankle weights and did 200 calf raises each morning in the hopes of catapulting himself up to that elusive rim. And then the day came that he finally made contact with the hoop. He was a 5-foot-tall seventh grader, and his obsession with basketball was just beginning. He began training harder than before, focusing both on his dunks and his overall game. Soon, he was flying up to the hoop with almost no visible effort.
Brandon didn't want his training breakthroughs to exist just for himself, so he created a 12-week program to help others achieve the same success that he enjoyed. He leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes through intense workouts via different online instructive videos.
Strength and conditioning coach Blair O'Donovan's decade of experience and work with high-level talents has yielded an array of inventive training tactics that help youth basketball players develop the same tools the pros use, including strength, agility, and speed.
Roger Mason Jr. was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2002 and played for numerous NBA teams during his basketball career, including defending NBA champs the Miami Heat. At Roger Mason Jr. Basketball Camp, he happily trades his position as player for that of coach and inspirational guide. In a state-of-the-art facility with air-conditioned courts, Roger and his staff impart the fundamentals of the game upon budding hoopsters. Camps include drills, instructional play, and one-on-one instruction, and students have a chance to hone their social skills and be a part of a team, where they'll learn to share the ball, run plays, and create air- and water-tight huddles. The camp offers programs for many age levels for both boys and girls.
In the world of athletic training, Robert Taylor, Jr.?s resume speaks for itself. In addition to stints as the head strength and conditioning coach for two NCAA Division I programs, his expertise also landed him gigs with professional baseball, football, basketball franchises, and World Cup lacrosse. Now, along with the other experienced coaches at SMARTER Team Training, Robert shepherds high school athletes toward their full potential at training camps and clinics. Whether they?re honing position-specific skills for football, lacrosse, basketball, field hockey, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, or other sports, or increasing overall athleticism during the school?s signature Speed, Agility, and Conditioning Camp, students always find a challenging itinerary designed to bring skills to a more advanced level. There's even a college prep training program, which gets high school players ready for the increased intensity at the college level.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 270 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 3 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches youngsters self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Whiz Kids, a class for kids aged 4.5 to 6, emphasizes motor skills such as running, jumping, throwing, and kicking. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem, while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Kids ages 6?14
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Basketball
"My camp offers a unique quality," says Mark Karver, the owner and director of BCC Basketball Camp. "I played professional basketball for 11 years and I have taught elementary school for 11 years." A veteran of the European and Israeli basketball leagues, Mark returned to the US to put his degree in education to use. During the summers, though, he shares his ongoing passion for hoops with kids ages 6 to 14.
Mark breaks down each camp day into sessions that focus on different skills. Kids rotate through the various stations, working on everything from defensive footwork to reverse back-flip slam dunks. To keep things fun, Mark also peppers each camp with guest speakers, games, and contests.