Camp gives kids chance to interact with SEC talent

Published 6:32 pm Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Chilton County High School will host several University of Alabama men’s basketball players Saturday as those players help with a free camp for area youths.

CCHS varsity basketball coach Cain Young said he thinks hosting the camp was a benefit to hit program.

“It’s a big deal—anytime you can get [Southeastern Conference] players and coaches to come in,” Young said. “If anything, it shows younger guys what it takes [to get there].”

Young said he hopes to provide campers with an educational experience as well as a good time. He also said that his own team will be amongst the campers.

“[We’re] one of four schools in the state [to host],” he said. “My guys weren’t complaining.”

The camp is hosted by Sarrell Dental Center, a non-profit organization that treats the dental and optical needs of Alabama children up to age 20 that have Medicaid or ALLKids insurance.

While the idea of a sports camp isn’t new to Sarrell Dental, hosting a basketball camp is.

“We had a football camp last year,” said Brandi Parris, chief marketing officer for the company. “So we’re going to do a basketball camp this year. [Sarrell Dental CEO] Jeff Parker started the camps as a way to give back to the kids.”

The camp at CCHS is one of only four held in the state and is open to both boys and girls ages 8 to 18.

Parris said the camp would follow a single-day clinic format.

“It’s basically what you’d find at any one day camp,” she said. “It’s absolutely free, so just bring your kids. We’re ready for anywhere between 50 to 200.”

Campers are required to bring workout shorts, socks, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes. The camp will last from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information on the camp, call Parris at (205) 764-3255.