Attending a basketball camp such as the David “Rusty” Ponton camp is a good way for young females to enhance or sharpen their basketball skills as well as learn new ones.
The Grambling State University Lady Tiger basketball team offers several summer camps for young athletes interested in building upon their basketball skills or simply improving their strength and conditioning.
The Rusty Ponton Girl’s All-Star Basketball and Team Camps’ primary goal is to provide girls with the finest basketball instructions possible in all phases of the game. Hard work, discipline, and pride are components of the GSU Lady Tigers’ winning tradition.
“We try to expose our campers to these vital elements of success,” Ponton said.
The team camp was June 1-2, individual camp was held June 3-7, and the day camp was June 7-9.
Ponton said, “The campers were exposed to many skills relative to their playing levels. However, the bases of ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defense are primarily focused on during the camp.”
Aside from basketball, Ponton and his staff shared life lessons with the campers. “We infused life values into our campers on carrying themselves as young ladies,” he said.
Ponton has worked camps for 17 years at GSU and has been head coach of the women’s basketball team for ten of those years.
He said that this year’s camp was a success because of assistance from his assistant coaches (Sharon Perkins and Frederick “Bo” Bivens), the staff, and others who volunteered.