Non-Profits Unite: HSBCAMPS & Idaho Flash Solidify Partnership For Better Basketball Communities

HSBCAMPS (America’s leader in bringing kids of all ages face-to-face with the pros) and Idaho Flash (an Idaho non-profit dedicated to providing young female athletes with essential basketball, social, and leadership skills) have officially announced their partnership to build better Idaho basketball communities. The partnership will provide Idaho Flash with additional scholarship funding for underprivileged youths wishing to attend the non-profits coveted Flash-Training sessions. “I was fortunate enough to meet Flash Director Stu Sells about a year ago. The synergies between our two programs and our visions for continued affordable basketball opportunities, for young athletes in Idaho, were an instant match,” explained Carson Sofro, (HSBCAMPS Founder). Through HSBCAMPS sister company, HSBCARES, a portion of all proceeds collected from HSBCAMPS upcoming “Morning Clinic and Day Camp”, at Capital High School (June 27-30, 2011) will be donated to the Flash scholarship program.

HSBCAMPS prides itself as a youth basketball program that “gives back”, donating a portion of every programs proceeds to schools and non-profits within each of the communities they serve. With more than $50,000 raised to date, HSBCAMPS stands firm in its commitment to provide every child, regardless of age or income, with an opportunity to attend. “What we are doing in four days, Flash is doing year round,” Sofro added. “We get to come in and create a spark with a lot of these girls and pass the torch back to Flash, to continue their excellent work developing players year round. We are very excited about this collaboration.”

Over the last four years, Idaho Flash has established itself as the “elite training outfit” for young female athletes in the state. With more than two hundred girls now actively training in its “Fit” program, Idaho Flash has encouraged, mentored, and developed dozens of young women currently playing at Colleges and Universities throughout the western United States. As Flash Director Stu Sells suggests, this partnership will not only benefit their own organization, but the greater community at large. “We have been waiting for the opportunity to embrace a basketball skills camp for the young athlete. HSBCAMPS, their Director, and staff bring excitement and integrity back to individual player camps,” shared Sells. “We are excited for the Boise area to finally have a quality group running a high caliber program and are privileged to be a part of it.”

HSBCAMPS Welcomes 4 Boise State Basketball Standouts To Its All-Star Coaching Staff Line-Up

Collegiate Players Team Up With HSBCAMPS To Mentor Boise Youths & Build Stronger Basketball Communities

Kids . . . Come train with BSU Broncos at HSBCAMPS! America’s fastest growing youth basketball program will return to the Treasure Valley this summer, with a new location, expanded curriculum, and two new additions to its Boise State University basketball contingent. Today, the nationally expanding program announced that four BSU Broncos would be on staff for HSBCAMPS upcoming summer sessions at Capital High School, June 27-30, 2011. Boise State players will include HSBCAMP veterans Janie Bos (#34) and Paul Noonan (#25) as well as newcomers Westly Perryman (#30) and Boise’s own Lauren Lenhardt (#44).

The HSBCAMPS Morning Clinic and Day Camp (https://www.new.hsbcamps.com/camps/boise) 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 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.

“Coming back for my third summer with HSBCAMPS, I am excited for the familiar faces I get to see and work with again,” shared Boise State forward Janie Bos. “I also look forward to the newcomers that are going to participate and can’t wait to help them improve their game.”

“Between The Impossible & The Possible”

Although I find myself busier by the day, if there is one area that I try to focus most of my attention, it is on the kids and the lives that have been impacted by our program. HSBCAMPS has taken our staff and myself on an unimaginable journey to cities big and small, all the while connecting us with some amazing young people in pursuit of their own dreams and ambitions. I try as much as possible to stay in close contact with all of our kids via facebook and email, keeping up with how their seasons are going, sharing congratulations when they have a great game, or sometimes sending words of encouragement when things don’t seem to be going their way. As I sit down to write this entry tonight, I am privileged to write about a group of very special young people that I have had the honor to get to know these last few years.

The Wood River Valley, where I spent much of my young life, is not known for its basketball prowess. Though scattered with some very nice facilities, the game of basketball takes a big back seat to all of the various outdoor activities and other sports the valley has to offer. I will forever remember the looks of confusion I got from different people in the community when I told them I was going to start a basketball camp. All that aside, there’s an amazing group of young women, who have quickly put the game and their valley on high alert.

Wood River High School’s girls basketball team, is turning heads. Improving an impressive 17-7 record last year, the 19-2 Wolverine’s, just won the district tournament and captured only the third birth to state in the schools history with the #4 overall seed. The amazing Coach Mendy Benson, has her lady Wolverine’s running on all cylinders eager for Thursday’s opening match up against Mountain Home. On behalf of all of our coaches that have had the opportunity to work with HSBCAMPS participants KT, Cheyenne, Emmalie, Haylee, Hunter, and Favi, as well as the entire HSBCAMPS family, I would like to send these ladies a tremendous congratulations and wish them the best of luck this week. They are not just competing for a state title, but for all who have overcome adversity and worked hard to achieve greatness. We know that you will do us proud.

Ladies, your hard work and determination has lifted all of us and inspired further generations with the hope that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.

Remember, if you have your own news or information you think we should share with the HSBCAMPS community, please feel free to let me know. In the words of famous baseball manager Tommy Lasorda; “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s (or woman’s) determination.”

**If you get a second please post a note and let these ladies know they have your support. I know they have mine. A special thanks to KT for keeping me posted throughout the tourney.

A Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself

Being a college hooper is a lot of hard work; in the classroom and on the court. It takes someone who is willing to learn and be committed to working hard for yourself, your teammates, and your coaches.

Academics: In order to be eligible to compete in competition you must keep a certain GPA. Just like in high school, if you drop below that required GPA you will be ineligible. Being ineligible is selfish. It is selfish in that you are letting your teammates down by not taking care of business in the classroom to be able to help reach goals on the court. Your teammates rely on you to be there for them; just as they hold you accountable, you must do your part and hold yourself accountable.

Basketball: After you have your academics squared away, it is off to hard work and dedication on the court. It doesn’t start on the court during season though. It starts in the off season spending hours working on your shot, running early morning stadium stairs, and hitting the weight room hard. It starts with blood, sweat, and tears that remind you later that it was all worth it. Along with hard work, being a college hooper is a lot of fun. It will be the best time of your life.

If you work hard enough both in the classroom and on the court and get the chance to play college basketball, be proud of yourself and never stop getting better. I am in the last semester and last season of my college career and I couldn’t ask for a better experience in life. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heart beat. Embrace being a part of something bigger than yourself, it’s a beautiful thing.

Be The Best!

Women’s basketball has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1892. It may be surprising to know that women began playing only just one year after the invention of the sport. Even though women’s basketball is rich in tradition, there still remains a gap between the men’s and women’s game. Though historic events, like UCONN’s 89 game winning streak have brought the women’s game closer than ever, it is up to the future generations of players to continue to make their mark on and off the court.

Girls can begin to close the gap by seeking out the best competition possible. In order to be the best you have to play against the best. Although boys are generally bigger, stronger, faster, and more athletic, they can be the best competition for young female hoopers looking to play at the next level. This experience allows girls to practice and perfect their skills making them more prepared and confident in the women’s game.

Play against boys as often as possible. Play on co-ed teams, get boys to practice against your team, or even work individually with them. If you can’t find boys, find men. Older players will be more mature, have more experience, and obtain more knowledge of the game, which will help develop your own understanding of the sport.

From one player to another: When you find yourself in these situations, learn as much as you can and play as hard as possible. Initially these practice sessions may be frustrating and discouraging, but if you can stick with it and work through the hard times, your game will improve dramatically. Remember, to be the best, you have to play against the best. What are you doing to get better?