"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.
Hoping to provide at-risk youth with the opportunity for athletic, academic, and spiritual growth, The Power of Play Foundation offers courses and guidance for children and hosts fundraisers and other donation-based programs. The foundation's adult mentors, serve as role models who work with kids aged 7 to 18 on matters ranging from self-esteem to schoolwork. The Power of Play Foundation also provides numerous health and fitness programs, including Fit Miss sessions, which present girls with different exercises, nutrition topics, and components of character development each week, and the Summer Smiles program, which allows kids in the foster-care system to enjoy carefree seasonal activities in a safe, friendly atmosphere.
The Alamance County Community YMCA pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps.
Zumba, cycling, and Pilates group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues result in friendly competition and hyperliterate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Founded by sports enthusiast and former adolescent Rick Hart, Jump Start Sports works to enrich pupils' childhoods by developing useful life skills through athletics. Qualified counselors employ their wealth of experience working with children to help campers learn teamwork and fair play as well as the fundamentals of fielding baseballs, scoring soccer goals, or synchronizing pom-pom work. A course structure built around age-appropriate activities, group play, and free electives ensures that students never get bored, and an 8:1 pupil-teacher ratio enables one-on-one assistance to young champions as they practice the graceful art of pitching or the scheming intrigue of free-agent contract negotiation.
For proof that Carolina Courts is serious about basketball and volleyball, consider this: a professional basketball court is 4,700 square feet, and a regulation volleyball court is roughly 1,500 square feet. Carolina Courts, on the other hand, dedicates 96,000 square feet to both sports. That number is split between the company's Indian Trail and Concord locations. At each address, a talented team of coaches teaches the fundamentals during leagues, camps, and training programs, such as the signature E365 basketball training program for students aged 8?18 or their PEAK volleyball academy. Although most of the training is geared for youngsters, teens, and extratall babies, Carolina Courts also offers leagues and open gyms for adults.
Benchwarmers Sports Complex helps athletes stay off the bench with a wide range of training facilities. Four pitching tunnels transform string bean arms into powerful cannons, while two automated batting cages and three live arm cages allow hurled baseballs to hone swings, instead of inflated puffer fish, which will just hone your fear of seafood restaurants. Elsewhere, its basketball court boasts adjustable rims and a gigantic electronic scoreboard, and its indoor turf fields feature granular rubber infill to support players as they work up a sweat during games of baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse.