Scotts excited about second LETS Camp

By GARY OWNBEY
Posted 4/13/18

Following a rousing success at their first free basketball camp last summer, the Scott family has announced plans for their 2nd annual LETS (Life Education through Sports) event in July.Once again, …

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Following a rousing success at their first free basketball camp last summer, the Scott family has announced plans for their 2nd annual LETS (Life Education through Sports) event in July.

Once again, the camp is open to all players ages 8-15, both boys and girls, and will once again be provided at no cost to all who want to register and participate.

“Man, I had as much fun as the campers last year,” related Alvin, the youngest of the Scott brothers but perhaps the most successful considering he was an all-state player at Bradley Central before a very successful college career at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma and an eight-year stint in the NBA with the Suns in Phoenix, where he has maintained his residence.

Alvin was in town for his 45th BCHS class reunion and was joined by middle brother Levi to kick-off the announcement of this year’s camp.

“This was my first attempt at a camp and we hope to make it bigger and better each year for the campers and staff. I’m not sure who had the most fun. We had a lot of youngsters from the local area, and even some out-of-state campers who still have family ties to Cleveland and Bradley Central.”

The oldest of the Scott brothers, Terry, still resides in Oklahoma from his college days at Oral Roberts and a 40-year career as a high school coach before retiring. He has also directed numerous basketball camps throughout the Midwest.

This year's camp will kick off on Tuesday, July 18 and end on Friday, July 20, once again at Jim Smiddy Arena. Camp hours will be from 9:00 a.m. until noon each day, with a warmup time beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“We want to continue with many of the things we did last year and add other features as the camp grows,” mentioned Levi, who still lives locally.

“To provide the maximum opportunity for everyone we will have to cap the total number of campers at about 110. We suggest that you register your children at the first opportunity,” he added.

Each camper will be awarded a camp T-shirt and be provided with snacks, beverages and a sack lunch.

“We need corporate sponsorship to donate to this very worthy cause so that we can present a first-class camp each year. We are very appreciative to last year’s sponsors and hope they’ll all return this year. It takes quite a bit of money to provide the camp at no cost (to the kids and their families) and see that everyone, including the volunteers, receive a t-shirt as well as nutritious snacks with a lunch,” Alvin concluded. 

The Scott family legend runs deep in athletics at Bradley Central, beginning with the integration of the study body when Terry began attending school there in 1964 and was a standout basketball player for Coach Bill Walker. Levi entered that same year with Alvin being the final brother to perform on the court for the Bears.

However, their sister Gloria can lay claim to being on Jim Smiddy’s 1973 state championship basketball team while being named all-state twice and later playing for the Lady Vols of Tennessee.

She is currently living in Knoxville and maintains a position on the Knox County School Board. She will once again be joining her brothers as part of the coaching staff for the camp.

“Not only do we want to teach the fundamentals of how to play basketball, we also want to teach the youngsters about life lessons that can be learned through sports and will stay with them the rest of their lives,” noted Alvin.

One of the offerings of the camp will be a guest speaker each morning who will discuss goals such as making the right decisions when faced with a choice that may conflict with their peer group and advice on eating nutritiously.

Joining the volunteers once again will be current and former Bear and Bearettes players and coaches and many others from across the community.

Campers can register anytime at www.letscamps.com by completing the registration form and following directions to submit their entry.

Pre-registration is important so that an accurate count can be established for t-shirts and refreshments.

Volunteers may also get information by calling 602-702-9657. 

Potential sponsors and those who would like to donate to the camp can visit the web-site and contact the Scott family for further information.

Donations can be made through PayPal, credit card or by check, and is tax-deductible.  Look for more information as camp dates draw closer.

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