Like guitar lessons, acting classes, and filming their own reality show, youth basketball camps help kids emulate their celebrity idols. Shoot for the stars with today’s Groupon: for $120, you get enrollment in the 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers Summer Basketball Camp with the National Basketball Academy (a $245 value), held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. August 1–5 at the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Center in Norwalk.
During the youth basketball camps, instructors from the National Basketball Academy, members of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and special guest speakers spend five days instilling aspiring hoopsters with on-court insight and game-ready techniques. Campers ages 7–16 split off according to age, skill level, and gender before practicing real Cleveland Cavaliers drills that include ball handling, shooting, and acting out slow-motion replays. Throughout the week, participants test newly acquired offensive and defensive footwork in daily 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmages. Campers depart at weeks’ end toting a complementary T-shirt, basketball, headband, and a ticket to a regular-season Cavaliers home game.
The National Basketball Academy
The National Basketball Academy's instructors host clinics, training sessions, and tournaments for various age groups. Their coaching helps participants improve all aspects of their performance on the court, from shooting to defense, and their youth programs nurture sports skills in children as young as kindergarten. They also set up teams and leagues that allow players to compete in a supportive, friendly environment.