By ABBY SLANKER
The Canfield boys’ basketball coaching staff hosted its 27th annual Cardinal Camp for boys entering third- through eighth-grade June 25-27, with 148 registered campers. The staff was assisted by the Canfield High School basketball players.
“We have about 20 varsity and junior varsity players helping us out with the camp. The players do a great job interacting with the younger kids. The campers get to know the players and they come out to see them play during the season,” said Todd Muckleroy, CHS varsity basketball coach.
The primary objective of the camp was instructing the fundamentals of the game, while blending competitive events and games to exhibit growth in basketball skills.
“We want to use this camp to get the younger kids enthused about our program. We want to develop the younger kids’ skills now. This is a great opportunity to see the younger boys and what they can do,” Muckleroy said.
The staff, including eighth-grade coach Mike Merritt, who also served as coordinator of the camp, seventh-grade coach Jim Harmon, and players set up stations for the campers, at which they worked on various basketball skills and drills.
“One of the best competitions we have here at Cardinal Camp is the Blizzard Bowl. It’s like a basketball Olympics for the campers with the prizes being certificates for Dairy Queen Blizzards,” Muckleroy said.
Prizes and awards were given out to campers for best hustle, best defender, best rebounder, rookie of the year for third-graders and MVP campers. The winning three-on-three and five-on-five teams were also crowned champions.
All campers received a T-shirt and outdoor basketball for attending the camp.