The Eastlake High School boys basketball youth camp took place from July 9-12 at Eastlake High School in Sammamish.
                                Photo courtesy of Eastlake Wolves boys basketball program

The Eastlake High School boys basketball youth camp took place from July 9-12 at Eastlake High School in Sammamish. Photo courtesy of Eastlake Wolves boys basketball program

Eastlake boys basketball camp is a tradition in Sammamish

Current players mentor future Wolves on the hardwood.

A hoops extravaganza brought youthful basketball players from the Eastside together for the annual Eastlake Wolves boys basketball camp.

The camp, which was for players between the third and eighth grade, took place from July 9-12. The four-day camp culminated with an ice cream social to complete the camp experience.

Eastlake Wolves boys basketball head coach Steve Kramer, who will be in his fifth season of leading the team during the 2018-19 season, said the camp is a staple of the community.

“We’ve been doing the game every year since I have been here. I’m sure prior coaches have done it as well. There is a long history there,” Kramer said. “The goal of the camp is for the kids to have fun, learn something and get excited about Eastlake basketball.”

Activities at the camp consisted of skills, drills, games and competitions. The camp was led primarily by members of the Eastlake Wolves High School basketball program. Campers consistently moved from station to station where Eastlake players shared their expertise and knowledge of the game.

“It is really fun because our high school players play a very big role in the camp. All of our coaching staff are there but so are our high school players. They have coaching roles and get a chance to work with the kids every day. It is really fun to see the young kids (campers) who look up to these high school players get a chance to work with them,” Kramer said. “I have got players now on our team that I remember when I first started (as head coach) that were campers here. That is a lot of fun. This camp is a great way to connect the high schoolers to the middle school and grade school kids in the community. It is just such a fun thing to do in the summer.”

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