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  • Christian Laettner Basketball Academy Camp in Bemidji June 17-20

  • Both team and individual instruction is available to boys and girls ages 6 to 18 and is provided by Christian Laettner.
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  • Christian Laettner Basketball Academy has announced it will be hosting a four day basketball camp this summer in partnership with the athletic departments of Oak Hills Christian College and Bemidji State University June 17-20. The academy will provide a camp with skills-focused sessions based on foundational concepts in passing, ball handling and offensive and defensive strategies. The event is open to players of all skill levels.
    Both team and individual instruction is available to boys and girls ages 6 to 18 and is provided by Christian Laettner, the former Olympic basketball gold medal winner, and his personally trained staff. The camp is $110 and includes instruction, game play and a T-shirt. The camp will run from 1-5 p.m. each day and will take place at Bemidji High School Gymnasium. The camp is limited to the first 200 paid registrants.
    Laettner, a two-time national champion at Duke University, and former NBA All- Star and Olympic Dream Team Gold Medalist, expressed his enthusiasm over the clinic, "We are looking forward to partnering with two great college programs there in Bemidji. Dan (Hovestol) has done a great job in building the programs at Oak Hills and bringing a fine program like Bemidji State on board. We're looking forward to putting on a great camp for the kids of the community. We hope to add to what they are doing with this special event."
    Hovestol, Athletic Director at Oak Hills Christian College said, "To bring a basketball icon like Christian to Bemidji is a huge benefit to the youth of our community. Christian's playing resume speaks for itself but what impresses me most about Christian is his uncanny ability to communicate and break the game down to its most basic levels. You can tell he's passionate about developing the skills of each person he instructs as he engages with them in a fun and energetic way. I can assure anyone that attends this camp, they will not be disappointed and will be glad they attended!"
    Christian Laettner Basketball Academy, based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. provides a fun, learning environment for basketball players who want to improve their game. Additionally, the academy provides enhanced training for teams, and travels nationwide to the schools campuses.
    All workouts focus on skill development and is geared towards helping players improve their ball handling and passing, while increasing their understanding of offensive and defensive concepts.
    Oak Hills Christian College is a 4-year, private, interdenominational Christian college whose athletics programs compete on a national level as part of the ACCA (Association of Christian College Athletics). Bemidji State University is a 4-year, public university with athletics programs competing at the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I and II levels. Both colleges are located in Bemidji, Minn. Additional information can be found at: www.oakhills.edu and www.bemidjistate.edu.
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information, please contact Dan Hovestol at 218-368-6806, or email athletics@oakhills.edu.
    You can also find more information and register for the camp at www.oakhills.edu/athletics/christian-laettner-basketball-camp.
    Additional information regarding Christian Laettner Basketball Academy can be found at www.laettnerbball.com. or by calling 404-428-6447 or emailing laettnerbball@gmail.com.
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