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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson will be the guest speaker for the 10th annual HOOP-OLOGY Boys Basketball Camp on Tuesday (June 28, 2011) at 1:30pm.

HOOP-OLOGY provides basketball summer camps at Eau Claire High School in Columbia for girls ages 6-18 and boys ages 4-18. Each summer, both former and current Richland School District One basketball coaches and all-star players work with youth, teaching them fundamental skills and techniques, proper training and conditioning methods, the positive aspects of good sportsmanship and conduct, as well as team participation and organized play. In addition to all of the physical exercise and training, an educational component is offered through Richland One entitled “Full Court Press Academics” and led by long-time educator Connie Dreher, as well as guest speakers throughout the week.

Last week’s girls’ camp speakers included motivational speaker Jack Easterby, former NBA All-Star Xavier McDaniel and former Eau Claire High School and NBA Coaching Legend, George Glymph. Solicitor Dan Johnson will speak to the boys’ camp on Tuesday. “HOOP-OLOGY embraces the concept that basketball is indeed the game of life... providing our youth with training and information they can use both on and off the court,” says Johnson. "I like that. It appeals to the athlete in me.”

This year, Solicitor Dan Johnson and his office sponsored ten youth who would not otherwise have been able to attend the camp. Last week, 120 girls participated in the girls' camp, this week over 200 boys are expected. To offset the cost for individual campers who could not afford the $100 fee, local businesses and organizations generously sponsored children so that they could attend.

"It's always gratifying to see the community come together, the coaches, the players, the parents; anyone who is willing to work with our youth and provide them with a positive athletic outlet,” says Johnson. “I would rather the kids see me and listen to me as I talk to them during community events like these, than see them later in my office or in court.”

In addition to the Solicitor’s office, this year’s camp is supported by several other businesses and agencies throughout the Midlands who are sponsoring individual campers.

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