Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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2025 Basketball Camp a success

Stars Basketball CampIt is hard to believe that the 2025 Basketball Camp is already over. It feels like it was just yesterday when we started the planning stage! It took us many days of hard work to make sure that the camp was ready and that the campers would have the best experience possible. Now it’s over and I am happy to let you know that the 20 campers did have a wonderful time, as did the coaches. Since day one to the end of camp, the campers increased their personal growth, basketball IQ, understanding of the game, and they have become better people both on and off the court.

I would like to thank those of you who made contributions to help the 2025 camp be a big success. First, I would like to thank the PARENTS and the COMMUNITY for believing in our program. Also I would like to thank Maryland School for the Deaf for their willingness to let us use their facilities for the camp. Lynn Ray Boren and Brian Bippus have been part of the team since the beginning when the idea was planted and they have helped a great deal in terms of making the idea become a reality. 2025 could not have happened without them. I want to thank our four coaches Stephen DaSilva, Orion Palmer, Anton Jackson, and Noah Valencia, for contributing their time and energy to help teach our campers.

We had several great guest speakers who were more than willing to come and share some wisdom with our campers each day during the camp. I’d like to thank all of them: Tamijo Coleman, Kevin Kovacs, Brendan Stern, James “Coach D” DeStefano, and Brandon McMillan.

We had three AAU basketball teams who were more than willing to come and play games with our campers to help enhance their game experience, thank you to the Playmakers teams. Thanks to Gallaudet University, Convo Relay, and Dick’s Sporting Goods for donating items for the camp.

We are already looking forward to next year’s 2025 camp which will take place on the west coast. If you are curious about the camp and want to get more information, please feel free to check out www.starsbasketballcamp.com. Keep an eye on the website for announcements coming up about next year’s camp. Once again, thanks to everyone who helped contribute in some way to this year’s camp. It means a lot to see how much our campers grew from the experience and we can’t wait to see how they bring this experience back to their schools and carry it with them for the rest of their lives as well.

2025 Basketball Camp Director

Jeremias Valencia

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