Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hustle your hot shot to Hailey cage camps

Carson Sofro’s camps return July 23-25

A few openings remain for young basketball players interested in developing their skills during the sixth summer visit to the Wood River Valley of Carson Sofro's Hot Shot Basketball Camps (

The camps for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade are Monday through Wednesday, July 23-25 at Wood River High School gym in Hailey.

Camp director Sofro is a former hoops star at the Community School of Sun Valley and the University of Redlands (Ca.). "Elevate Your Game" is the camp slogan. Testimonials to the program's success on the camp Web site include this quote from a local player:

Said Wood River High graduating senior Cheyenne Swanson, a key player on the two-time Great Basin Conference champion Wolverine girls' basketball team, "HSB not only stepped up my game, it stepped up my character and self-confidence immeasurably. HSB Camps reignited by my love for the game."

"We're the fastest growing program in the country—amazing to think that just five years ago we were a small clinic at the Community School," Sofro said.

Sofro's summer camps are now in 19 American locations, including Bend, Ore.; Bellevue, Wash.; five sites in the Boise area; Twin Falls (Canyon Ridge High); Park City, Utah; and eight Texas sites, two in Dallas and one Houston.

Boys and girls are welcome during camp sessions staffed by former professional and college basketball players.

The Hailey full-day camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-12 is Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, July 25, at the high school in Hailey. Times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost is $175.

Space is limited to the first 100 campers who sign up.

Running in the same July 23-25 timeframe and at the same location is the morning clinic for grades K-3, from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $99. Fundamental drills and contests are emphasized for the little kids. Registrations are accepted online on a first-come, first-served basis.

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