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Basketball and 'bots

Community School offers classes for kids and adults this summer and during the school year

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Instructor Doug Heymann shows Reid Stanton (right) and Rehan Gangji how to program their robot.Robotics and basketball are not two topics generally mentioned in the same breath. But at Lake Oswego School District’s Community School (CS), they can both be spotted among the long list of enrichment and athletics opportunities for K-12 students.

This summer, LOHS junior Doug Heymann taught robotics classes for grades 3-6 with assistant Dylan Taylor, a home-schooled sophomore. And Laker basketball coach Marshall Cho held a series of camps that featured lessons in shooting hoops and other techniques for all ages, including one last week for grades 3-9.

“Marshall was amazing; he was great, really good,” says Roni Pervizi, whose 7-year-old son, Dean, participated in the camp. “We learned a lot for sure.”

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Kennedy Warme drives to the basket. “I learned to do this,” says Dean, tossing his hands high into the air. “I threw (the ball) over my head. I call it ‘Over the Rainbow.’”

Local basketball players, including LOHS sophomore Josh Angle, helped Cho coach the camps, something Angle says he did because of what it meant to him to have current players coach him at camps when he was younger.

“It was cool to me to see the people coaching me for summer camp were the same people on the floor on Friday nights,” he says.

LOJ seventh-grader Carson Reno says Cho’s camps are inclusive, regardless of where students attend school.

“He lets kids from other schools come, so the whole community can play basketball,” he says.

Girls also weren’t turned away. Though the camps were aimed at boys, a couple of girls did attend, including Lake Oswego Junior High seventh-grader Kennedy Warme, who says she brought a friend to make the gender imbalance less pronounced.

“I guess I just have natural athleticism,” says Kennedy, who studied her fellow campers carefully to determine how to best them on the court. “I was playing with (the boys) this whole week, so I knew what their strategies were.”REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Coach Marshall Cho helps Tyler Latta, 11, with his defensive stance.

Missed the camps? Don’t despair — keep an eye out for Cho’s fall clinics, a camp during spring break 2017 and more camps next summer.

Cho is also planning to lead a basketball camp for famed retired Chinese player Yao Ming through the Yao Ming Foundation in China this summer, from July 28-Aug. 1. The experience of teaching to mostly rural kids is a unique one, Cho says, and something he’d like to share with locals someday.

“The big dream is the opportunity to take some of my players out to the camps with me,” Cho says.

While Cho has been teaching dribbling, shooting and fast moves on the court, Heymann’s been offering lessons on robotics. His classes covered what a program is, why programming is important, how machines are programmed and real-world applications of programming, such as robotics.

Heymann’s classes provided him the experience of being paid to teach, and gave students the opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals to prepare them for competing in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League tournaments.

Heymann had to cancel a class this week and hold a short workshop instead because he’s a swimmer who qualified for the Western Region Sectional Championship at Mt. Hood Aquatic Center in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Regardless, the experience of teaching robotics this summer and last summer through Community School has been important to him because of what it means to the kids, he says.

“I love to talk to them,” he says. “I love it when their faces light up and they say, ‘It worked.’”REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Emily Yu, right, and David Haugan watch as their robot performs a simple command.

If you are looking for more opportunities, it’s possible to find them through Lake Oswego Robotics (lorobotics.org), for which Heymann’s dad, Bob Heymann, is the board president.

Cho’s camps and Heymann’s classes may have already passed, but there’s more in store through the Community School to cure kids’ doldrums, circumvent summer slide and maybe even find a little something for yourself. CS offers programs for adults, such as ceramics, first aid, small-group fitness and year-round swimming lessons and programs.

There are also after-school activities during the school year, and upcoming kids’ programs are legion this summer. Here is a sampling of them:

— Enrichment opportunities include: Chess Club for grades 2-6, Little Medical School for grades K-5, Mad Science Imagination Academy for ages 8-12, The Acting Club for grades K-12, Young Rembrandts for ages 6-13, ceramics for ages 14 and older and Summer Jazz Workshop for grades 7-9.

— The are many sports activities, such as the Pacer Girls Basketball Camp at Lakeridge High for grades 3-8, water polo for high schoolers, soccer for middle and high schoolers and tennis for a variety of ages and abilities.

For more information about Community School, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit tinyurl.com/hnjxwwo or call 503-534-2302.

By Jillian Daley
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