Bigger Discounts! HSB & Eastbay Renegotiate Partnership For Greater Savings

HSBCAMPS Players, Parents, and Supporters,

We are proud to report that recent negotiations between our team and the folks at Eastbay have led to a renegotiated partnership with even bigger savings!  All HSB family members, supporters, and players, will now receive 35% off all team footwear and 40% off all team apparel all year long.  Orders will continue to go through Eastbay’s VIP line using a special flyer that we will distribute by Thursday morning at the latest.  For all items not on the flyer, Chris Schell will be our point of contact and can be reached at 1-888-487-8432 ext. 6391.  Please use Chris ONLY for shoes and apparel not available on our VIP flyer.

VIP ordering instructions are as follows:

The VIP phone # is: 1- 800-991-1830

The line is available: M-F 7AM-9PM, Sat & Sun 10AM-6PM. If after hours, you will be instructed to leave your contact info (name, phone, e-mail) and an associate will contact you by 12pm CST the following business day.

The line will be answered as the “Eastbay Basketball VIP Line”.

You will be asked what club/organization you are associated with: Say that you are a part of HSBCAMPS. If you are asked for a Source Code, our code is TSVPHSBC.

HSBCAMPERS and Family Members will receive: 35% off all “non-sale” team footwear and 40% off all team “non-sale” apparel. Discount DOES NOT apply to team pricing and DOES NOT include customized orders. Some items (very few) are listed on the Eastbay site as “no discounts allowed”. These will be exempt. If an item is on sale (but less than 35% or 40% respectively), the discount off regular price will be honored. All sales are credit card only. Standard shipping rates apply. Customer can request and pay for overnight or any other expedited shipping (standard is UPS Ground).

Eastbay and HSBCAMPS will continue to negotiate ongoing promotions to accommodate the needs of our players throughout the entire year. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Enjoy all your new gear!

-The HSBCAMPS Team-

From The Top – HSBCAMPS Director Carson Sofro Checks In

Dear Parents & Players,

What a summer it has been!  With August coming to a close, I have had some time to sit down, look back, and reflect on all that has happened over the last few months.  Our programs are growing, players are improving, and there are many new and exciting things on the horizon.  To say that both our staff and myself have been blessed would be an understatement.  We have been given an unimaginable gift, the ability to train, mentor, and educate, thousands of young men and women from around the world, and we could not be happier with this opportunity we have been given.

Our summer this year was epic.  A journey that spanned over two months and more than 15,500 miles, I cannot help but smile thinking of all the new friends, new faces, and new places we now call home.  I know I speak on behalf of the entire HSBCAMPS staff when I say that we are encouraged and anxious to hear about the successes of our players in 2012 and beyond.

I wanted to take this moment to thank the parents, school districts, facility personnel, volunteers, and all others that have made all this possible for giving us the opportunity to change lives.  Your support and encouragement have been unwavering, and we are so excited to be able to call you family.

To all the players, keep working hard, sacrificing, and believing that anything is possible. May all your goals be achieved and surpassed in 2012 and 2013.  I cannot wait to see all of you when we return to the court next summer, and please stay tuned on our site for a series of exciting announcements and updates coming soon.

My Best To All Of You!

-Carson-

I Believe In Dreams

HSBCAMPS Coach & professional basketball player Antoine Hood is living proof that “Dreams Don’t Die.” Attempting to overcome his critics and all who have ever doubted his abilities, Toine, as his friends call him, is still pursuing his life long dream of playing in the NBA. Hungry, motivated, and more determined than ever, at 28 it seems that his time is running out. Filmmaker John Ryan Johnson recently featured Antoine and his story in the documentary film “Dreams Don’t Die.” Just released, be sure to check out the trailer embedded below and send your thoughts and prayers to the man who refuses to give up. Best of luck Toine. We are all rooting for you.

There Are No Rollover Minutes In The Game Of Life

As we move full-swing into the off-season training months, I though I would re-post an older but very relevant blog entry I wrote for all of our aspiring young ball players out there.  Are you doing everything you can to achieve your goals this off-season?  Enjoy!

“A constant theme that we talk about every year at camp, is that of time.  We have many young players in our program in pursuit of their dream, wishing to play at the next level and beyond.  Time is of the essence as school work, practice, and a social life take up a considerable chunk of a young persons day.  However, it is how we use the limited time that we have, that separates those who succeed from those who don’t.

There are hundreds of thousands of young people around the world at this very moment, working hard and putting in the hours.  They are practicing before, during, and after school, taking advantage of every moment they have to get better.  Unfortunately for many of us, this is a concept we do not yet understand.

To achieve greatness, requires greatness.  Kobe, Lebron, D Wade, and all of the premier players of today still spend countless hours perfecting what already seems perfect.  They recognize that there are no rollover minutes in the game of life.  Time wasted, is time lost.

The concept of time is one I struggle with daily myself.  I have an obligation to my family, my friends, HSBCAMPS, and all the kids that we have yet to meet and impact.  I have a lot to manage on a daily basis, therefor it is imperative for me to take advantage of every second I have and never waste the precious moments that have been given to me.  Nobody has the ability to carry time from one day to the next.  If your dream is to play at the next level, to be a teacher, a doctor, or whatever your heart desires, make sure you are taking advantage of every waking moment you have.    Life is too short to live with regret.

Are you doing everything you can to take advantage of the time you’ve been given?”

A Message From The Top

Tis the Holiday Season and we at HSB have much to be thankful for. As we close out this year and ramp up for the next, I cannot help but smile thinking of what an amazing journey 2011 has been. Our programs traveled more than 16,000 miles, reached more than 1,000 new athletes, and have connected us to thousands of new fans and followers around the world. HSB Academy, our newest venture is up and running, providing year round training for nearly 200 athletes in it’s first 60 days of existence, and with various additional projects in the works, 2012 is shaping up to be our most exciting undertaking yet. So from all of us at HSB, to the thousands of fans, followers, participants, and supporters, that have made all of this possible, may you have a wonderful Holiday and a very Happy New Year. Until we meet again, keep Working Hard, keep Sacrificing, and keep Believing that anything is possible.

Sincerely,
Carson Sofro
Founder / Director

*Be Sure To Check Out Our Holiday Video

Thank You For Being A Part Of Our Biggest Summer Yet

What a year, and what a journey!  This is always my toughest post to write and perhaps the one I put off the most, as it signifies that another summer has come to an end.   Nearly 13,000 miles have been traveled, 900 athletes have been trained, and new friends have been made for life.  We are blessed to have been able to work with each and every one of you, and I thank you for your hard work, sacrifice, and belief that anything is possible.

Although 2011 marked our biggest year thus far, the memories I will take away are more than just numbers.  I will remember the young man in Bellevue who overcame the difficulties of shooting on a 10’ hoop, or the young ladies in Twin Falls who pushed themselves to their breaking point.  There was the nine year old in Dallas who mastered one of our toughest ball handling drills in just a few days, and the kids in Hailey, who fought sweat and tears determined to not give up.  These are just a few of the memories that will stay with me forever.

To the parents, players, and supporters, I cannot thank you enough for becoming a part of our family and joining us on this journey.   I know I speak for the entire coaching staff when I say; “I hope we have impacted your lives as much as you have impacted ours.  You are more than just players, you are developing young men and women, and we are so proud to call you family”.  Until next year, keep pushing, stay focused, and never give up.

Sincerely,

Carson Sofro – Camp Director

P.S. – Hope You Enjoy The Video.

Words Of Encouragement – Letter From A Parent

Hello Coach Carson,

I wanted to take this quick opportunity to say thanks for such an excellent basketball camp experience for my son. I write this email as my son is asleep on the coach upstairs and thoroughly wiped out from the past 4 days – you guys kicked his butt which is awesome!

He told me earlier today that he learned more about the game and skills in the past 4 days then he did for 3 weeks of attending his local hoop school in Fort Myers, FL. Your camp concentrated on skills, conditioning and the overall game. He also really appreciated your words of encouragement about his skill you gave him a couple of days ago. I’m hopeful he will be able to compete at the varsity high school level in either basketball or baseball. I think this was a big week for him in the right step towards basketball!

If there are any helpful sheets you could email me to assist him with drills and skill development work, that would be great. He will be his middle school team’s point guard, so any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated. I guess he’s already quite the good free throw shooter from what I understand which is great.

We look forward to returning to the camp next summer here in Park City. If you ever decide to host a camp in FL, I would be more than happy to make some introductions and promote to possible campers in the Fort Myers, FL part of the state.

Thanks again and best of the luck with the rest of your camps this summer.

Rage On!

*All names have been removed to protect the identity of the author and the participant.

Prove People Wrong!

It’s Monday evening, June 20, 2011 and I’ve finally found some time to return back to the blogs. The last few days have been perhaps my busiest in a while. A thirty-hour drive, two camps in the greater Dallas area, and today our third location of the summer just north of Houston at Legend’s Sports Complex. I have to say, I heard that Texas was hot but I never imagined anything like this. It’s 100 degrees here at 10 o’clock at night.

We have already trained nearly two hundred athletes in the last eight days, and it keeps reminding me of why we do this. It’s amazing to be on the court with the kids, pushing them, and helping step their game up to new levels. Our group in Dallas improved significantly from day one, all the way through the end and it was incredible to watch.

I would say the saddest part of the HSBCAMPS journey is connecting with these great kids and then leaving just a few days later. We sweat, train, and push them for four days and just as we are getting to know everyone, it’s on to the next city. I guess it is only going to get harder and crazier as we continue to grow.

There is a common theme amongst our athletes at camp, either here in Texas, or back in the northwest. The game and sports in general have taken a mental toll on many of them. They lack the confidence and enthusiasm vital to their game because they have been told they are “no good”. During one of our first homework assignments of the year, one of our more advanced players put down a goal that really stuck out to. “Prove People Wrong!” They are words that I am living by right now and words that hopefully I am passing on to others. We all have times in our lives when people put us down and tell us we will never succeed. There will always be haters and it’s our goal to overcome that negativity and critique. Instead of letting someone kick you down, stand up and prove people wrong. Four years ago when HSBCAMPS began, I was told that we would never get kids to attend a basketball camp in a ski town. We are now one of the fastest growing programs in the nation.

I have been in the shoes of many of these kids, told that I was too small, not athletic enough, couldn’t play defense, etc, etc, etc. I used my work ethic and drive to overcome that negativity and prove people wrong. I hope that this week we are doing the same with the kids.

Believe That You Can, Even When Others Do Not

Have you ever been told that you were not good enough, that you could not do something, or that it just was not meant to be? I know I have, but questions such as these have always left me puzzled. There are people young and old around the world defying these negative limitations that people impose on them. In addressing this issue I will ask my own question that perhaps one of our readers has an answer or opinion about. Why do certain coaches, mentors, and teachers make us believe that there are things that we cannot do?

Every year at camp we have at least one participant at every location state the following; “My coach told me that I cannot do that, or my coach says that I’m not good at that.” Now maybe this coach has some merit to what he or she is saying, however did they say that you can NEVER do it or you will NEVER be good at it? This is where I believe there’s a disconnect between the coach and the players. Kids of all ages look up to their coaches and their teachers and in many cases take what is told to them at face value. I understand as well as any that challenging players and motivating them by telling them they cannot do something is a tool that can work, but this type of coaching may not work in every situation.

Our society as a whole in many ways dictates who we are and who we become. What I mean by that is people are quick to tell us how unattractive, un-athletic, and untalented we are, when in many cases these statements are just untrue. The mind is a powerful tool and I truly believe that mental toughness outweighs physical toughness when it comes to sports. Look at JJ Barea of the Dallas Mavericks as an example. JJ has always been a decent player; great is something we are just now starting to learn about him. Any athlete will tell you that training is done in the offseason. Before the Lakers series started, JJ wasn’t doing off-season workouts, spending hours drilling and conditioning. His greatness has come in the form of confidence and mental toughness. It is something that many players come to find.

Look at Shannon Brown’s rise when he arrived in Los Angeles. Brown was mediocre at best when he became a Laker and he is now considered a fairly good NBA player. Did he get better or did he become mentally tougher? Speaking of the Lakers, take a hard look at Pau Gasol. One of the most skilled big men to ever play the game, he lost his confidence, and lost his game. Pau looked like one of the league’s worst at times and not like the two-time champion and NBA All-Star that he is. This is the power of the mind and the ability of others to affect us as individuals.

I ran into a parent the other day who told me that her son was no longer playing basketball. A little surprised, I asked why. She told me that his coaches were not very encouraging and ultimately deterred him from continuing on. This appalled me. Teachers and coaches are given the wonderful gift of being able to help and shape future generations of people. When are we going to stop discouraging our youth and start encouraging them? Stop telling kids they cannot and they will not and start telling them they should and they can.

You may have trouble shooting. Well, do you practice? No, my coaches just told me I couldn’t so I started focusing on other things. You want to be a good shooter, practice! Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player to ever touch a basketball said it best. “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Use the roadblocks as motivation and never let anyone tell you that you can’t or won’t do something. Always believe that you can even when others don’t. Hard work, dedication, and mental toughness can make anything possible. I tell our kids every year that if you give everything you have and you fail, then you can hold your head high knowing that you gave it your all. If you never try or are deterred by the naysayer’s then you will never know what could have been. Be that possibility and overcome the obstacles.

Rice University Basketball Stars Team Up With HSBCAMPS

Kids . . . Come train with the Rice University Owls at Legends Sports Complex!  HSBCAMPS, America’s fastest growing youth basketball program will kick off its inaugural summer in the Houston area, with a new location, expanded curriculum, and several local additions to its world-class coaching staff.   Today, the nationally expanding program announced that four former Rice University basketball standouts would be on staff for HSBCAMPS upcoming summer sessions at Legends Sports Complex in The Woodlands (June 20-23, 2011).   Rice players will include HSBCAMP veteran and Houston Rockets Forward Mike Harris (#33), as well as newcomers JR Harrison, Cliff Ghoram, and Yamar Diene.

The HSBCAMPS Morning Clinic and Day Camp will offer boys and girls in the elementary, middle, and high school grades (K-12), the unique opportunity to train one-on-one with these former collegiate athletes as well as NBA players and other select pros. Backed by a “Quality over Quantity” mentality, HSBCAMPS comprehensive curriculum ensures that participants leave camp with extensive knowledge and instruction on every aspects of his or her game.  Most impressive of all is an industry leading 8:1 player to coach ratio providing athletes with plenty of individualized attention from all the players and coaches in attendance.

“Seeing first hand what HSBCAMPS was all about, and the time and effort they put into developing every player last year, I knew I wanted a bigger part,” shared Rockets Forward Harris, the events Co-Director.  “I can’t wait to get back on the court and work with the kids again this summer especially here at home.”