Skills Camp Wrap-Up

July 7, 2005
The Fever held its 2005 Basketball Skills Camp at The Fieldhouse in Fishers on June 30th and July 1st. The camp was directed by former Pacers player and Pacers Sports and Entertainment Director of Camps and Clinics, Darnell Hillman. The camp featured fundamental instruction on shooting, passing, ball handling, defense and rebounding. Competitive drills and games also were a big part of the two-day camp. There was plenty of full court action as children in age 10-12 and 13-17 age-group divisions competed against one another.

The highlights of the camp were visits from all of the Indiana Fever players. Ebony Hoffman kicked things off by talking with the children about the importance of making good decisions in life. Tamika Catchings spoke on many topics including working hard to achieve one's goals, being a positive role model and the obstacles that she has had to overcome to succeed in the WNBA. Deanna Jackson and Jenni Benningfield then participated in some contests before answering questions to conclude the first day of the camp.

On the second day, Kelly Miller, Jurgita Streimikyte, Natalie Williams and Tully Bevilaqua gave the campers some pointers as they participated in fundamental stations. Williams and Bevilaqua also demonstrated and discussed the proper way to set and use screens and how to defend them.

Coretta Brown, Kelly Schumacher, Yolanda Paige and Tan White served as coaches and supporters during the camp’s final set of full court games.

One camper Maggie (age 10) said, “My favorite part of the camp was meeting the players and scrimmaging with my team.” She said she can’t wait to return for next year’s camp.

At the end of camp, each camper received a goody bag full of items, a camp t-shirt, a team photo card autographed by all of the Fever players, an Indiana Fever Poster and two tickets to a future Fever game. Coaches and staff also voted on an MVP, Hustle, Most Improved and Mental Attitude Awards for campers in the older and younger age groups.

The camp award winners included:

  • Ages 10-12: Most Valuable Camper – Joseph Kinnett, Most Improved Camper – Taylor Pierce, Mental Attitude Award – Kyleigh Archer, Hustle Award – Sam Bolen
  • Ages 13-17: Most Valuable Camper - Ryane Nelson, Most Improved Camper – Katie Dunbar, Mental Attitude Award – Kaylee Mclean, Hustle Award – Erika Piernas

    - by Maricarol Williams