Basketball Director and Bard Junior Harry Johnson with Camper of the Day Justin White

DTA Basketball Director and Bard Junior Harry Johnson with Camper of the Day Justin White

The Dream To Achieve Basketball Camp at Bard College got off to an incredible start. The camp, now in it’s fifth summer, has grown to serve 79 students. We are fortunate to have an amazing staff and 11 hard-working high school students working as CITs. Many of them have attended the program as campers and all are involved in DTA throughout the year.

We’ve had very intense workouts in the morning led by Coach Harry Johnson. Students have also opted to take part in kickball games and a dance workshop during this time. After lunch and a movie or swimming, students split in to their leagues and workshops.

Students work on their poems during the "Slam Dunk Poetry" course.

Students work on their poems during the “Slam Dunk Poetry” course.

All students are taking two workshops each day.The first is “Real GM,” where students use math while owning an imaginary basketball team. They must draft players using a salary cap, work on maximizing the profit from their team, and use probability in simulated gameplay. They are also introduced to new mathematical concepts relating to basketball each day.

The second workshop is “Slam Dunk Poetry.” Students explore poetry and shorts stories about basketball while creating their own. They practice reading, writing, analyzing, and the ability to express themselves publicly.

Camper Clayton Patillo leads a fast break.

Camper Clayton Patillo leads a fast break.

Games in both leagues have been highly competitive. All players have be doing a great job giving it their all.

Tytrez Higgs and Ashley Jeron were awarded Camper of the Day for their efforts and attitude on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we introduced our daily theme’s with “Fearlessness.” Campers Justin White and Nate Richardson were celebrated for their willingness to take chances in workshops and on the court.

Click to see pictures from the first two days of camp here.

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