Aug. 14, 2012
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Former UCLA men's basketball player Sean Farnham organized the first "Hoops from Home" camp in Paige Fieldhouse gymnasium at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Hoops from Home, a non-profit organization, held its first-ever camp with the mission to promote healthy, positive development of military children through basketball mentoring from professional and collegiate players and coaches.
Farnham, who played for the Bruins from 1997-2000, founded the non-profit organization earlier this year and plans to host additional camps.
Saturday's camp featured several current and former NBA players, including former UCLA center Ryan Hollins (Los Angeles Clippers), 15-year NBA veteran Brent Barry, John Jenkins (Atlanta Hawks), Orlando Johnson (Indiana Pacers) and Los Angeles Lakers' head coach Mike Brown.
Current UCLA men's and women's basketball players were among several college players helping at Saturday's event. UCLA women's basketball players Corinne Costa, Lauren Holiday, Kari Korver and Kacy Swain assisted at the camp. And David Brown, Nick Kazemi, David Wear and Travis Wear were on-hand from the men's program.
"Being a part of UCLA's athletic department lasts longer than just the time you wear the uniform," said Farnham, who served as team captain at UCLA in 1999-2000. "The principles and values of being a student-athlete at UCLA form you for a lifetime. I was humbled and honored by the support of both the men's and women's programs. Their participation was a vital part of our success."
The camp began with basketball players from local southern California-area college, including UCLA, leading the youth, ages nine to 17, in warm-up drills similar to those performed during college basketball practices like the jump-stop drill, high-knees drill and sprint drills.
Following the warm-ups, participants engaged in individual skill development stations designed to teach and enhance basketball fundamentals like shooting, rebounding, passing and dribbling.
The playing field was leveled for Barry and Jenkins during a three-point shootout competition when they strapped into modified athletic wheelchairs and competed against wounded warriors, Lance Cpl. Carlos Garcia and Cpl. Josue Baron.
Fifteen-year-old Jasmine Glenn became Hoops from Home's first "Knock-Out" tournament winner when she beat out Hollins, Johnson and the rest of the camp participants.
Future plans for the Hoops from Home camps include "camps abroad" and "home camp." The camps abroad will be held throughout the world, rotating through various branches of the military. Theses five-day camps will bring together NBA players and coaches, while educational components will center on the goal of teamwork and self-esteem building experiences for each camper.
"This event means so much to me," said Farnham, who currently serves as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. "There are not many things that you can be proud of in life, but this is one that I can be proud of. I just hope that the kids got as much out of it as I did."
Home camps are designed as clinics that include one-, two-, five- or six-day camps held domestically twice per year (pending availability of both the bases and the players). As in the home camps, these camps will allow kids to receive coaching and training from NBA players and coaches, concluding with exhibition games between campers and NBA players.
For more information and to support, visit HoopsfromHome.org.