Hoops for Hope is returning to The Rock.
The faith-based basketball camp — ran by Michael Eddy, a former professional basketball player and current high school coach in Texas — runs from July 22 through July 26 at Baranof Park. This is a free camp for players third through 12th grades and is sponsored by Kodiak Christian Fellowship and the Kodiak Parks and Recreation Department.
“We use our summers to make a difference and make better basketball players and better people,” Eddy said. “As a coach, I was just trying to find a way where we can make more of an impact with our kids besides just basketball.”
Eddy is one of 12 instructors that will be at the camp — three of the coaches are his former players at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas.
“We really take pride in doing a good camp,” Eddy said. “The goal is to raise their game and become better people ... this is a great opportunity for kids to do something fun.”
Hoops for Hope started coming to the Last Frontier a few years ago — this is their second trip to Kodiak; the first camp was at the Kodiak Baptist Mission.
“When we came the first time, we felt that we really didn’t reach everyone,” Eddy said.
Eddy is hoping to have at least 100 campers — 50 each at the seventh-through 12th-grade camp (9 a.m.-noon) and third-through sixth-grade camp (2-5 p.m.). Each camper gets a basketball and a certificate.
The camp includes a bevy of skill-building drills and contests, including an NBA combine.
“Every day we start with Pistol Pete ball handling, then we do stations where we cover all the basics,” Eddy said.
Hoops for Hope does up to 15 camps a year. Earlier this summer Eddy was in Ukraine for a camp. He has also done camps in Guana and Hungary.
Eddy, 45, started coaching in camps when he was playing for Hendrix College in Arkansas. He has been with Hoops for Hope for the past six years.
After college, he played three years oversees, making stops in Iceland and Australia
“I could have kept playing but I got married,” Eddy said. “We decided to move on and make a difference in a different way.”
Eddy is now an assistant coach for the Guyer High School boys basketball team. He said several of his players have gone on to play at the NCAA Division I level.
“All of these experiences and getting to play professionally has helped me be able to do a good basketball camp,” Eddy said.
Register for the camp at the Teen Center.