Summer sports camps are continuing to take place at Prosper High School, including an opportunity for young girls to learn the game of basketball.
Head coach Trey Rachal, along with the rest of his coaching staff, hosted two separate camps from June 12-15. One was held each morning for second-fifth graders from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a second camp for sixth-ninth graders from 12 to 3 p.m. Both were held at the main arena and practice gyms at the high school.
The girls not only get an opportunity to learn the basics of the game, but also have the benefit of a fast-paced environment. This marks Rachal’s fifth year hosting the camp. He said the biggest lesson he’s learned is to keep everyone active the entire time.
“We try to incorporate some fundamentals just to teach kids the game and try to play a lot of interactive games with them, just so that they keep moving,” Rachal said. “I’ve learned in a short amount of time if you put kids in one spot the whole time, they get really bored. We just try to keep them moving as much as possible with a basketball in their hands.”
Hosting the camp on a yearly basis gives the coaching staff a chance to get to know the students and see some familiar faces returning to the court. Some move on from the morning camp to the afternoon as they get older, and a few make it even further. Rachal said he specifically remembers seeing Maddie Cleary at last year’s camp before she made the varsity team as a freshman last season.
As the word has spread about summer camps in Prosper, more students have signed up to participate. Now, even more basketballs and coaches are required to keep up with the entire group throughout the week.
“I remember my first year, I was staring at six elementary kids in front of me at morning camp,” Rachal said. “Today, we’re staring at 40. It’s just a testament to our coaching staff and community and how they both continue to grow.”
Arguably the most rewarding thing for the coaches is to gain the attention of the children who have never played basketball before. For parents looking to keep their children active and trying new things, the summer camps are a perfect opportunity.
“Having a daughter of my own, I see how other people impact her life,” Rachal said. “Having an opportunity to maybe impact a kid that says, ‘I want to play basketball because I went to camp,’ it’s a special moment. As coaches, that’s why we do it.”