Albany State set to host plethora of summertime sports programs

ASU men's basketball coach Chris Cameron is gearing up for another summer session of basketball camps.

ASU men's basketball coach Chris Cameron is gearing up for another summer session of basketball camps.

ALBANY — Chris Cameron has started to see interest in basketball return to The Good Life City in recent years.

And now the Albany State men's basketball coach is giving youth hoopsters more options when it comes to staying involved during the summer.

Cameron is hosting seven separate camps and leagues this summer, starting June 2 with the annual ASU Basketball Summer Basketball League, and the seven-year head coach also added two new programs — the Golden Rams Father & Child Camp and the Golden Rams Shooters Camp.

"The sport of basketball is kind of starting to re-evolve in Albany," Cameron said. "You have a lot of AAU teams that are going to play in state tournaments and national tournaments and being ranked in the state. So with the interest level of basketball coming back up to where it is now where a lot of kids are excited about learning the game, what I have done is give these kids something to do in the summertime."

Other programs being offered this summer are the Jr. Ram League, the Golden Rams Basketball Team Camp the Golden Rams Elite Camp and the Chris Cameron Jr. Rams Camp.

The Summer Basketball League is in its fifth year and has risen from 60 participants in its first year to more than 200 last summer.

Cameron expects an even bigger turnout this year.

"The league has been great because we have seen a lot of kids come and have fun, and that's what we preach," said Cameron, who is also hosting a youth tournament this weekend at HPER Gym, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. "These are the developmental years. It's all about having fun and building friendships."

The league, which runs June 2-27, is for kids in 10th grade and younger, and registration ends Saturday. The league will feature three divisions (5th-grade and under, 8th-grade and under and 10th-grade and under) and two skill levels (competitive and developmental) within each division.

Dates and age groups for the other programs are Jr. Ram League (June 10-July 20, grades 3-10), Golden Rams Basketball Team Camp (June 14-15, high school and middle school teams), Golden Rams Elite Camp (June 21, ages 14-18), Golden Rams Father & Child Camp (June 28, ages 6-15), Chris Cameron Jr. Rams Camp (July 8-10, ages 4-16) and Golden Rams Shooters Camp (July 8-10, ages 10-16).

For more information, including prices and times, on the programs, email goldenrams@gmail.com, call Cameron at (229) 430-4756 or (229) 255-9509 or stop by the ASU basketball office for flyers.

ASU FOOTBALL CAMP: Head coach Mike White and the Albany State football team will hold the team’s annual youth football camp June 6-8 on the ASU campus.

Campers between the ages of 8-12 will participate in The Rookie Camp, while The Veteran Camp will feature athletes between the ages of 13-18.

The camp is geared to give athletes a better understanding of football, an opportunity to learn the fundamental basics and a chance to build self-confidence for competition.

The cost for overnight campers is $150, while day campers will be charged a fee of $50. There will be a reduced rate ($35 per child) for schools that bring 10 or more campers to the event.

The Veteran Camp will feature three sections — skill, linemen and kicking — and ASU coaches, ASU players and local high school coaches will director the three-day program.

High school seniors and junior college transfers may also attend the camp, giving the ASU coaching staff an opportunity to scout possible additions to the 2013 roster.

For more information, contact White at (229) 430-4768.

GOLDEN RAMS GOLF OUTING: The ASU football team will host its 11th annual Golden Rams Golf Outing June 2 at the Flint River Golf Course.

Registration for the tournament begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 1:30 p.m. tee time.

For the two-person scramble, the cost for participation is $100 per team, while individual hole sponsorship is $250. All proceeds benefit the ASU football program.

For more information about the golf outing, contact White at (229) 430-4768.