"That camp changed how I felt about basketball and my future. It was the turning point in my life." That's how Michael Jordan summed up his experience at Five-Star Basketball, the premier hoops camp founded by Howard Garfinkel and Will Klein in 1966. In addition to Jordan, the alumni list is studded with stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and coaches such as Chuck Daly. In total, more than 500 NBA players have come to Five-Star to refine their basketball talent.
Today, Five-Star continues its tradition of elite basketball training for future college and professional basketball players. Open to boys and girls aged 10?18, the camp's coaches teach young players the importance of possessing basketball fundamentals, being in shape, and having a strong head on their shoulders. Players have many opportunities to show off their skills, such as demonstrating a finely tuned crossover dribble during Five-Star's highly competitive pickup games or eating the most orange slices at lunchtime.
Tote along your favorite song scientist or chord chemist and watch as the professional orchestral professors fuse favorite rhythms and harmonies during the concert. The setlist includes Leonard Bernstein's symphonic suite from On the Waterfront, John Williams's "Star Wars Suite," Bizet's "March of the Torreadors" from Carmen, music from the James Bond films, and a tribute to Henry Mancini.
Originating in the early 1900s, Argentine tango is a sensual dance that boasts timeless style and eye-catching, integrated moves. Led by Mardi Brown and Stephen Shortnacy, each three-hour class provides students with the basic skills to cut up rugs while focusing on connection between two partners, musicality, honing basic steps, and jumbling the circuits of robots during tense dance-offs. Skillfully glide across dance floors while obtaining a heart-pumping workout with the aid of a convenient schedule that provides plenty of opportunities to practice at home with a trench coat-clad hat-stand.
Thousands upon thousands of wild mustangs roam the public lands in America's West, living independent of humans and their delicious salt licks. However, when herds become overpopulated or threatened, the Bureau of Land Management steps in to save these horses. The untamed mustangs require extensive training and care before they can ride trails. That's where The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover's trainers come in. Each year, they adopt these wild horses, train them for only 120 days, and enter them into competitions across the country.
At each Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover event, judges award hundreds of thousands of dollars to the best trainers and their horses as they ride their mustangs and perform spectacular feats. However, despite the money and the crowd's applause, the primary goal of these events remains mustang preservation; since its founding in 2007, The Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover has facilitated the adoption of more than 3,300 American mustangs.
At The Williamson Museum, history is painted right onto the walls. Seven murals cover spaces in the museum, with each one depicting a historical scene from the 1930s and 1940s. Turn-of-the-century photographs take visitors back even farther, profiling Williamson County during its earlier days. Many of the other exhibits cater to children's curiosities with interactive features, like Willie's Kids Corral. There, a chuck wagon sends kids back to the days of the cowboys and even lets them ring a dinner bell, which was used before cowboys could send text messages to say the beans were ready.
The Williamson Museum operates as a nonprofit organization, with proceeds going toward funding various forms of educational outreach. The staff also runs history-themed camps for kids and leads tours of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, among a variety of programs.
At Texan Defender, clients can become expert bowmen and marksmen. Archers aim at three-dimensional zombie targets, bringing either their own equipment or first come first serve renting on-site. For students looking to increase their comfort and proficiency with firearms, experienced shooting instructor Dan Hullum leads classes in the basics of handling and operating a handgun. Dan holds his classes at a private outdoor range and typically begins training with classroom instruction to help students brush up on safety tips and firearm basics. An FAQ page anticipates common questions so students feel comfortable entering the various classes.