"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.
Jackie Tamminga, co-owner of Tammcor Fitness with Keith Tamminga, draws on more than two decades of experience in the fitness industry each day. She slips through the club, overseeing trainers during complimentary sessions introducing guests to safe and effective techniques. Cardio machines purr, punctuated by the percussive, metallic sounds of resistance machines, free weights, and Olympic gold medals just being tossed on the medal pile. Music drifts from group fitness classes covering workout methods including salsa, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and spinning. Patrons of all fitness levels mingle in the gym, and special programs cater to groups including the elderly.
Tucked away in a private neighborhood, Lone Oak?s 18-hole golf course stretches across 6,473 yards of rolling countryside speckled with mature trees. A stone-lined pond occupies the center of the course, attracting geese and other waterfowl and striking fear into the heart of any golf ball that never dreamed of becoming a barnacle. An onsite driving range prepares swings for forays onto the fairways, and a practice green helps players to get a feel for the speed of the club?s putting surfaces. Lone Oak?s private club also encompasses a 25-meter pool with six swimming lanes, a diving board, and a deep end for competitive snorkeling.
Champions Sports dedicates 40,000 square feet of space to helping athletes of all stripes improve their skills. The facility specializes in baseball and softball, featuring five Iron Mike batting-cage machines that spit out fast-pitch softballs and baseballs at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour. Sixteen drop-down batting cages match with the ProBatter PX2 simulator to test players' swings, while coaches, including former professional players, teach hitting, fielding, and pitching skills. The all-season complex is also home to winter baseball and soccer leagues that let players practice their skills without having to face a team of snow wraiths.
Stephanie Sedlacko produces both champion horses and model riders at her American Saddlebred stable, Wingswept Farm. Relying on the experience they've accumulated as coaches of the University of Kentucky's intercollegiate saddleseat team, Stephanie and her assistant, Mary Kate Fahy, team up to help their students become the best riders they can be. The facilities boast a large indoor and outdoor arena, accommodating all weather conditions, and the group of seasoned lesson horses offer a wonderful environment for the riders. Riding, driving, and summer camps available, and students of all skill levels, ages, and riding ability are welcome.
At Kentucky Reign All Stars, a team of skilled coaches puts students first, helping them reach their cheerleading goals. They ramp up students' skills weekly, teaching moves such as cartwheels, walkovers, and back handsprings. The coaches also host cheerleading classes, which prep students aged 18 and younger to make their school's team, or a Kentucky Reign competition team.