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More than 50 kids took part in the annual hoop camp at the elementary and middle school gyms last week

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - The 23rd Colton Hoop Camp for grades K-9 included skills practice and games.

There were 54 kids, going into grades kindergarten through ninth, who took part in the 23rd annual Colton Basketball Camp for five days, June 25-29.

Camp games and training were held in the gyms of Colton Elementary and Middle Schools. The kids learned and practiced all their basic ball-handling, shooting and defensive skills with help from Teresa Adams, Greg Adams, Megan (Adams) Teune and four Colton high school students: Olivia Spitzer, Maddie Olsen, Hunter Collins and Karmron Curtis.

They then got to show what they had learned by playing basketball games.

The four high school students that helped with the camp earned up to 30 community service hours.

"Helping at the camp was a great opportunity for me," Olsen said. "It helped me get in volunteer hours. More importantly, I was able to assist in improving young kids' basketball skills. I had a lot of fun at the camp. The kids are sweet and it's awesome to see them grow and improve in just one week."

Teresa Adams, who has been with the camp for all twenty-three years, said the kids worked hard to improve their basketball skillsC, work as a team and have fun.

"We (the coaches) are always so happy at the end of the week," Adams said. "It is fulfilling to see so many kids being excited about basketball and developing the levels for their game."

Six-year-old Ronald (RJ) Hordichok was asked what he thought about camp and he said, "Mr. and Mrs. Adams, thank you for the best basketball camp. It is the best. I'm always going to come to this camp. I love playing with the really big kids."

All proceeds from the camp go to benefit the Colton Boosters Club. The club supports student and teacher activities in the Colton Schools.

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