The Times West Virginian

Sports

June 28, 2013

Locals help make FSU hoops camp a success

FAIRMONT — A basketball player earns an assist when he or she makes a pass which allows a teammate to score a basket.

Typically, it’s the point guard who racks up the most assists. Sometimes a shooting guard will dish one out. Even a big man might drop a “dime” as it’s called. This time, though, it was the community, not players, earning the assist. Twenty assists, actually.

From June 17-20, Fairmont State University held its annual basketball camp. The Marion County Chamber of Commerce recognized that many athletes in the community would benefit from the camp, but could not attend because of the cost.

For the second year in a row, the Chamber of Commerce, with help from Fairmont State volunteer assistant coach Neil Dixon, reached out to local businesses and individuals in the area to sponsor underprivileged children who otherwise would not be able to attend the camp.

Marion County Chamber of Commerce President Tina Shaw said that “through the generosity of businesses and residents from Marion County” the group met its goal of sending 20 underprivileged athletes to the camp.

“When opportunities like this arise, it really brings a community like Marion County together,” she said. “It connects the businesses with residents. And everybody is in it for the same reason and they have one goal: to help needy children. I’d like to thank them for being so gracious and generous.”

The 20 athletes were able to attend basketball camp at Fairmont State University thanks to contributions from BC Bank, Fairmont resident Col. Tom Wolfe, First Energy, President of West Virgina Operations of FirstEnergy Holly Kauffman, Fairmont resident Jay Rogers, Jennifer Wade of Conley CPA, Lou Spatafore of Friendly Furniture, Mayor of Grant Town Melanie Thompson, Kevin Wilfong of Middletown Homes Sales, Jim Estep of WVHTC Foundation and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

Shaw said she was thankful that businesses were able to chip in again. She was even more impressed by individuals who read an article in the paper about the event and, unsolicitated, called the Chamber of Commerce asking if they could help.

“I think it makes a huge positive statement about this community and the people who live in Marion County that they always want to help anybody in need,” Shaw said. “They prove it again and again.”

Fairmont State offered two camps: an individual development camp for students ages 8 to 18 and a “Biddy Ball” camp for 4- to 8-year-olds.

Campers learned the fundamental of shooting, dribbling, passing and defense from Fairmont State basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun and his staff and players.

Calhoun said he likes to get his players involved as a way to give back to the community. Not only do the campers learn from the Fighting Falcon players, but the players learn from the campers as well.

“When they coach for the first time, they realize you have to have patience, especially with the young kids,” Calhoun said. “I think they did a great job all week with that.”

More than 100 athletes participated in this years’ camp, exceeding Calhoun’s own expectations. Calhoun said the success of the camp, especially the underprivileged athletes who attended, is a reflection of the community.

“They probably don’t realize what an impact they had on these kids,” he said about the donors. “Our staff cannot thank them enough.”

“That’s really why I came to Fairmont,” he added. “Our community support here is top notch. I’ve been to a lot of different schools. I would put our community up against any other community as far as supporting not just athletics, but everything in general. When someone needs to step up, the people in this community really do.”

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Big ‘I’ golf coming to Pete Dye

    The Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship will make its first trip to West Virginia when Pete Dye Golf Club hosts the 46th annual installment of the event Aug. 5-8.
    The Pete Dye course, ranked No. 45 on Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses and No. 9 on Golfweek’s ranking of Best Modern Courses, will host 160 of the best junior golfers from 40 states during the 72-hole stroke play event.

    July 30, 2014

  • Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers

    Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.
    “This organization is all about championships, period,” Scott said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “We don’t look at Western Conference finals, Western Conference championships. We look at (NBA) championships. And we know we have some work ahead of us, but I’m excited. ... I love challenges anyway, so this is going to be fun.”

    July 30, 2014

  • Opinion: People running NCAA may not be bumbling idiots

    Two down, one big one to go.
    And with it a growing realization that maybe the people running the NCAA aren’t the bumbling idiots everyone has been making them out to be.
    The NCAA’s agreement Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to diagnose concussions and brain injuries does more than just give some former and current athletes a bit of peace of mind — if no real money. It also extricates the organization from another serious threat to its existence, one that could have potentially bankrupted it if everyone who ever suffered a concussion playing college sports were somehow able to cash in.

    July 30, 2014

  • Steelers Camp Footbal_time2.jpg Bell looking for more decisive, productive season

    Le’Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw.
    There were times during his rookie season when the Pittsburgh Steelers running back would place his hand on an offensive lineman’s back and wait patiently for the hole to open.
    Sometimes, one would appear. Sometimes it wouldn’t, mainly because whatever sliver of daylight existed had already been swallowed by darkness while Bell was still trying to read the blocks in front of him.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • smallwood-wendell(1)-2.jpg Charges against Smallwood dropped

     West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood took to Twitter mid-afternoon Tuesday to express his feelings after charges of witness intimidation against him were dropped by the state of Delaware.
    It took him only three words to say what was on his mind: “God is Good.” Smallwood is now free to return to West Virginia and rejoin his Mountaineer teammates when they open camp for the 2014 season Thursday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dungy0725 (1).jpg Rice, Dungy sideshows stain NFL

    The National Football League guards its reputation as aggressively as lineman are paid to protect a quarterback.
    So, as training camp opens around the country, how odd is it to see Commissioner Roger Goodell’s 32-team NFL empire battling bad headlines and stinging criticism from all quarters?
    Anyone want to talk to the new quarterback for his early assessment of playing with the best and biggest players in the land? That would be business as usual. Nothing has been routine about the early days of camp this season.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Post 17 #7 Post 2 #12 mw.JPG DeVaul wraps up final season as Post 17’s leader

    If you were to ask players on Fairmont American Legion Post 17’s roster who they looked up to, you’d find a familiar pattern.
    Sure, you may get some Andrew McCutchens or some Derek Jeters as replies. But if you want to find out the real answer, just look into the dugout.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big ‘I’ golf coming to Pete Dye

    The Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship will make its first trip to West Virginia when Pete Dye Golf Club hosts the 46th annual installment of the event Aug. 5-8.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charges against Smallwood dropped

    West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood took to Twitter mid-afternoon Tuesday to express his feelings after charges of witness intimidation against him were dropped by the state of Delaware.

    July 29, 2014

  • Return to Mountain State exciting for new sports writer

    When I packed my belongings out of my Morgantown apartment in May, fresh with a journalism degree from West Virginia University, I thought I had ended a chapter of my life and closed the book on my experience inside the great Mountain State forever.
    It wasn’t until I received a phone call back in my hometown of Canton, Ohio, from the Times West Virginian that the idea of a return to the area became a possibility. The opportunity to begin my professional career in an area that I’ve become comfortable with for the past several years was too good to pass by.

    July 29, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Sports
House Ads
Auto Racing Photos
Auto Racing Breaking News
Auto Racing Standings