University Heights Academy boys' basketball coach Grant Shouse wrapped up his seventh Blazers Basketball Camp on Wednesday, and this year was one of his most popular with around 40 campers.
"I've found in here with the one gym, anything over that can just get a little bit too much with the space," he said. "I also allow kindergarten through third grade to come; it's a really tough age to keep them engaged for the whole three hours. They're very enjoyable to have around."
While Shouse wasn't able to have any former players help out with the camp this year, he did have a few younger players, including Jay Brown and Fremy Northington.
"Proud of those two guys," Shouse said. "Two of my youngest guys here all three days. It's always good to get the guys involved. I always try to get a few former players around. It didn't work out timing wise this summer but to have your current guys come in and give back to the kids. A lot of these kids go to UHA so they see these guys play; they see them in the hallway. To see them continue that relationship and kind of foster that family environment, it's always a plus."
Also helping out with the camp was UHA girls' assistant Sammie Miles and new UHA middle school Coach Chris Moses.
Moses isn't new to training local athletes as he's made that his purpose.
"As most people know, he's an outstanding trainer," Shouse said of Moses. "Very good with kids, very good with this age group. Looking forward to having him join us and be a part of the team. It just allows him to continue to work with some of the same guys he does, but to also meet and get to know other kids. An opportunity to continue his passion and what his real purpose is, and that is to prepare kids for basketball and life."
While many of the campers may know who KyKy Tandy is, they may not know about the history that was on the walls around them during the three-day camp.
Shouse said players like Tandy and Tray Hollowell play a big roll in giving the campers someone to look up to.
"A lot of them are coming to games," he said. "With social media, there's so much visibility of all of our kids now. I think it's something that those guys they look up to. They've enjoyed watching them play and anytime they can get to know them more on a personal level, it's exciting for them and I think it's exciting for them too."