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Watson Camp a YMCA success

The ‘Doc Watson’ Basketball Camp concluded last Friday. The camp was held at the Lincoln County Family YMCA with 33 campers from rising sixth graders to rising eighth graders attending along with several high school athletes.
The numbers are not the most important result. The YMCA, as it’s known for in the community, was more concerned with the positive impact it had on the campers.
“Anytime that you’re reaching out to the community, whether it be basketball or other sports and you’re encouraging young people to better themselves, it’s a success,” Lincoln County Family YMCA Program Director Melony Hipp said.
The camp was named after a Lincoln County figurehead that was very instrumental in the camp’s birth.
“This year in honor of Dr. Jim Watson and his passion for students of all ages, we have named the camp the ‘Doc Watson’ Basketball Camp,” Executive Director Ron Johnstone of the YMCA said.
Hipp said it was Watson’s initiative that was the building block of the camp.
“He wanted to offer a basketball camp for middle school boys and girls. He asked the YMCA to make this vision a reality,” she said.
Belmont Abbey’s assistant men’s basketball coach and ‘Don’t Fout Out’ Program Director Franklin Lowery and former West Lincoln basketball standout Sally Logan were the camp instructors.
The event ran last week from Monday through Friday with sessions lasting from 9 a.m.-noon. The campers were treated to not only solid basketball instruction but some other treats as well.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays the kids hit the pool for a hour as part of an optional swim time for those players who wanted to cool off. On Wednesday, the Charlotte Sting Mascot showed up to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
The boys and girls participated in basic fundamentals and also had fun competing for several awards.
Darren Turner and Michael Bynum won the Knockout Awards.
The Challenge Award went to Bynum and Stephanie Brown.
Darren Turner and Eddie Holmes won the Free Throw Contest and Holly Guida garnered the Most Improved Award.

This is the only sports camp that the YMCA is hosting this summer.
The ‘Doc Watson’ Basketball Camp figures to be an annual summer camp offered by the YMCA.by John Mark Brooks

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