The Vince Carter Youth Basketball Academy, July 19-23, 2010, held at the Vince Carter Athletic Center at Mainland High School was another huge success. Over 150 girls and boys ages 8 to 17 worked hard, made new friendships, and learned or refined numerous skills on the basketball court. Return campers from Brazil added international flair and experience for all of the participants.

Vince’s camp is unique because it is centered on a basketball to life concept. Two daily sessions allow Vince to focus on specific age groups at different times of the day. The split-session format allows for more actual on court activity for the campers. Vince engages the participants in a variety of activities that include basketball skill building, personal growth and development, life management skills and more. As always, Vince’s constant presence at the camp allows the campers an opportunity to interact with Vince on a variety of levels.

All campers receive a camp t-shirt, Gatorade bottles and towels, and special prizing. Each camper also receives a team picture with Vince and an autograph on the item of his or her choice. Special awards were given each day to a boy or girl in each team as well as to the “Camper of the Day”. At the end of the week, one camper is designated the “Camper of the Week” for exhibiting a balance of the five factors of success: vision, teamwork, balance, hard work and perseverance.

This year, in addition to a week of fun and instruction, campers had a surprise visit from Stuff, the Orlando Magic mascot. When Stuff rode into the gymnasium on his scooter, campers weren’t quite sure what to do. Stuff’s antics capped off the weeklong camp.

Also on the final day, Vince along with his former Mainland teammates, high school opponents, and friends dazzled the parents and campers by demonstrating his skills on the basketball court in the annual Mainland Legends game. Whether focusing on his five factors of success or focusing on the rim for a thunderous slam-dunk, Vince Carter once again provided a special camp opportunity in a way that only he can.

Vince is currently planning next year’s camp, which will be held at the Vince Carter Athletic Center in Daytona Beach, FL. There is an energy level at the camp that you simply must experience! We plan to take next year to another level, so do not be left out. Check Vince’s website often for upcoming details on how you can register for next year’s camp. Hope to see you there.