Although the high school basketball season is more than over and students are out of school for the summer, a handful of William Monroe High School basketball players gave up one day to give back to their program.
William Monroe held its second annual basketball camp on June 5, led by boys basketball coach Brett Maynard and members of the boys basketball team. The camp brought in rising second- through ninth-graders.
“I really enjoy the process of watching them instruct others. I think it’s great on both ends. I think that our players learn a lot from teaching and being role models for these younger guys. Our campers are learning from these role models and trying to emulate them in a positive way,” Maynard said.
The players also see the value in giving back, and he never has trouble finding players to volunteer to help, Maynard added.
Participants spent the day learning fundamentals from the high school players, as well as skill-building activities and games.
Rising senior Caleb Sims, who’s been on the high school team for three years, said he remembers attending similar camps before he played at the high school level.
“I love to see the youth of our program getting better every day, and I want the future of our basketball program to be bright. I want us to have a good team in future years. I don’t want it to just fall off the map,” Sims said.
Rising junior Logan Barbour, who earned a first team all-district nod for his performance last season, said in addition to teaching the younger kids, the younger kids reminded him to just have fun. Sims agreed.
“You tend to lose your sense of fun when you’re playing high school basketball and it’s a competitive game,” Sims said. “It’s all about fun in the end. I feel like I’m teaching them a lot of valuable things that they’re going to use when they get into high school, and when they start playing basketball at that level they’re going to need a lot of these things.”
In the spirit of giving back, the William Monroe Basketball team donated a portion of the proceeds from the basketball camp to the Curry Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Group.