MMA’s Myers to host youth basketball camp next week

Chad Myers

Massanutten Military Academy postgraduate basketball coach Chad Myers stressed the importance of getting the program involved in the local community upon his return to the Woodstock school in April. In that vein, the academy will open its gymnasium doors to local youth next week for the Chad Myers Basketball Camp.

The instructional camp, scheduled to run from July 26-29, is open to children ages 8 to 16 and will operate from 8 a.m. to noon each day.

“I think the biggest thing is obviously reaching back to the community, giving kids a place to go to camp, get better obviously,” Myers said Monday afternoon. “Hopefully it’ll draw attention for our program in the future and all that stuff as well. We want to try to start doing more stuff, whether it’s fall league games in here for high schools or camps or clinics, all that kind of stuff where our kids can get out in the community when they get here and we can get out a little bit and give kids a place to work out and go play and get better.”

Myers said the camp will include some 5-on-5, 3-on-3 and shooting competitions, but a bulk of the four-day event will focus on teaching and improving the fundamentals of the game.

“We’ll do a lot of skill work stuff, obviously break it down by age and skill level,” he said.

“We wanna give them something they leave with, and I’ll give everybody an individual workout when they leave so they can take something with them when they leave camp and have something to do at home and work on before their season starts, whether it’s (recreation) league, high school, middle school, whatever age it is.”

Myers and his coaching staff will handle the instructional aspect of the camp, he said, while he plans to have a couple former players in attendance to serve as guest speakers. That group will include University of Maryland senior forward Damonte Dodd and Virginia Military Institute senior guard Q.J. Peterson, Myers said, and “maybe” Wichita State University junior Rashard Kelly. That trio competed for Myers at MMA during the 2012-13 season, a year highlighted by a No. 1 national ranking and the second of back-to-back appearances in the National Prep Championship Elite 8 in Myers’ first two-year stint at the school.

“That’s another big thing, we wanna try to get those guys (former players) to come back and be around not just when they play here,” said Myers, who added that Kansas University senior guard Frank Mason III, another former Colonel, will return to MMA on Sept. 30 to have his jersey retired.

The cost to attend MMA’s four-day camp will be $100 per camper. Myers said the school will not be boarding campers this year, although that could possibly be an option in the future depending on the success of this year’s camp.

For more information, Myers can be reached by email at cmyers@militaryschool.com.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com