The Montana Women’s program is hosting their annual Lady Griz basketball summer camp. Throughout the four day camp there are two sessions for two different age groups. The younger ladies, kindergarten through fourth grade, step onto the hardwood in the morning. Grades five through eight are in the afternoon. Lady Griz Assistant Coach Shannon Schweyen enjoys the sights that come throughout the camp.
"Oh it's a great camp for these young ladies to get out here and get on the main court here in the Adams Center. Learn a little bit about basketball be around the Lady Griz and get some basketball fundamentals," explained Schweyen.
The camp gives a basic introduction to team sports and provides possible role models for the up and coming basketball players. With the majority of attendees being local children, community support is a major role player for the camp. Parent Matt Johnson is proud to enroll his daughter in this year’s camp.
"I think that's the biggest thing that you take away a few of those skills, you have a good time doing it so you’re encouraged to come back and do it again," said Johnson. "You know meet some new people along the way and those are huge traits to build on."
Many laughs, smiles, and frowns take part throughout the camp. The hands on experience isn't only for the kids, but is also a learning experience for the Lady Griz players as they learn how to direct, ref and take charge. Lady Griz player D.J. Reinhardt participated in the camp when she was very young as well. She said this camp started her dream to want to become a Lady Griz Basketball player.
"I mean I love making the kids smile and you can tell they like to hold your hand and they want you to sit by them and I don't know… it's just a really cool experience," Reinhardt laughed.
Tomorrow is the last day of the camp, and maybe one day these young ladies will become the next era of Lady Griz players.