TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Today youth athletes from all over the Wabash Valley came together to shoot hoops and learn life lessons.
The Junior Pacers Summer Hoops day camp came to Terre Haute offering a day of free play to those aged six to 14.
At the camp participants were taught how to play the game, engaged in practice sessions with a former Indiana Pacer and were given t-shirts and headbands with the team’s logo.
In addition to shooting hoops, coaches also taught participants the importance of respect and good sportsmanship on and off the court.
“These are all habits that transfer to anything but sport, everything in addition to sport. If we can teach a little bit and one kid comes away with one thing that’s a habit that makes their life a little bit better,” said former Indiana Pacer Scot Pollard. “And makes them a little bit better behaved for their teacher or for their parents or for whoever, well that’s a great little program and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
The camp is sponsored by St. Vincent Hospital and Gatorade in an effort to encourage youth to lead a healthy lifestyle.