CIT Andrai Bailey leads a drill

CIT Andrai Bailey leads a drill at the DTA Basketball Camp at Bard College.

The Dream To Achieve Basketball Camp completed it’s first week on a high note. Thursday morning, students were led by former DTA staff Jeremy Arnstein in an intense game of Capture the Flag. After lunch, it was back to league play as always. During their workshops, students discussed the differences between similes and metaphors in the Slam Dunk Poetry Workshop and finished drafting their teams (while staying under the salary cap!) in the Real GM Workshop. Thursday’s theme was Respect. Lavon Fernandez and Nisaa Cora were awarded as Campers of the Day for their actions on and off the court.

Friday morning students took part in a fun and intense workshop led by self-defense instructor and motivational speaker Ray Siler. Students learned about respect, discipline, and technique while taking part in various competitive exercises.  Other students elected to take part in a basketball workout led by DTA Basketball Director Harry Johnson. The campers completed the workout by having a chance to show their new skills by playing each Staff and CIT one on one.

After lunch, it was back to the excitement of league play. Some players that really stood out were Shyquon Royal, Maleek Dailey, and Justin Oliveras. Spending their fourth day engaged in the material, students dove in to their workshops with a new level of attention and commitment. In Slam Dunk Poetry, students worked on original poems. In Real GM, each team designed its logo while students learned about field goal percentage as a group.

Students partner up for an exercise during their self-defense workshop.

Students partner up for an exercise during their self-defense workshop.

Friday’s theme of the day was Kindness. Campers Clayton Pattillo and Besham Burgess really stood out in this regard, particularly with their support for their teammates. They were awarded as Camper of the Day for their efforts.

Be sure to check out photos from the day here, and follow our second week of camp starting Monday!

Camper of the Day Besham Burgess

Camper of the Day Besham Burgess

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