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FSU Hosts Annual Basketball Camp for Community Kids

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It may be summer vacation for students, but some young athletes aren't taking a break from their basketball game, as they work with members of the Fairmont State University team this week.

Nick Stinespring will be a freshman at East Fairmont High School this fall, where he plans to compete for a spot on its basketball roster. That's why the Fairmont State University Basketball Camp is a perfect opportunity for kids like Stinespring to get some training in the off-season from some of the best the area has to offer.

"It's gonna give you more confidence to go up because we play games and stuff here. It's gonna be a lot different going up against bigger guys. We actually have some big guys here, so it's gonna be tough," said Stinespring.

"We put one on every year to give back to the community, to reach out to the community, to get kids on campus, to spread the word about our university and our program. We also do it for recruiting purposes," said Joe Mazzulla, FSU Assistant Coach.

The four-day camp for kids ages 8 to 18 gives them an opportunity to work with the players on ball handling, shooting, defense, rebounding, and more.

"A lot of the same drills we do with our guys, we do with the NBA guys and the younger kids. After we do that, we'll break into our offensive stations," said Mazzulla.

"We learned some new skills and stuff, and we'll have some scrimmages against each other. I think it's going to be fun," said camper Marley Washenitz.

Mazzulla said his team enjoys interacting with the community and helping the kids fine tune their craft.

"It helps our players understand how important we are to the community, to the city of Fairmont, and to Fairmont State. What it does is give the campers a chance to mingle with the staff, to mingle with the players, and really be around the people they see on TV, they read in the newspaper, and that they look up to," said Mazzulla.

It's that dedication to the community that keeps campers coming back, year after year. Mazzulla said FSU will host two other camps this summer, including an elite camp for rising high school stars.