Nike Basketball Camp Emory & Henry College

Nike Basketball Camp Emory & Henry College
Nike Basketball Camp Emory & Henry College

Richard Ford, SmartHoops founder and former Duke point guard and team captain, brings a challenging bridge-the-gap overnight basketball program to Emory, Virginia. Camp is open to all abilities, from recreational players to serious athletes looking to play at a competitive level.

The Complete Skills and Concepts Camp helps players of all aspirations and abilities develop a sound understanding of the game and fundamental skills. This camp emphasizes game speed decision-making and skills development/enhancement.

Highlights Include

  • 8:1 camper to coach ratio
  • Encouraging, individualized instruction from SmartHoops founder, Richard Ford
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, and more
  • Fundamental instruction, lectures and team games
  • Official NIKE Camp T-shirt, NIKE Workbook, and other great prizes!
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Richard Ford
Camp Director

Richard Ford

Richard Ford is is a former Duke point guard and founder of  SmartHoops. In addition to intense on-court instruction, Richard also holds entertaining classroom sessions to break down the fine points of the game. Richard reinforces his concept-based instruction with video clips, personal stories, and cooperative learning/teaching approaches.

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After a successful high school career, Richard enrolled at Duke and worked his way from a mere day to day varsity practice player as a freshman to a full member of the varsity team, then to a full scholarship player, and ultimately to a team captain – all under Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski. 

His senior year, Richard received the Ted Mann Award as the Duke player contributing most to team morale and also received the Captain’s Award for team leadership. Richard also received recognition in the classroom, being named to the ACC Honor Roll for outstanding academic performance. Richard’s senior year, Duke began its impressive run of NCAA tourney appearances.

Richard has spent much of his life teaching young players intelligent basketball strategies. He has run and worked basketball camps for 20 years, and has taught male and female players from second graders to D-I college athletes in a variety of contexts. For six years, Richard co-directed a national point guard camp, teaching high school and college point guards the finer aspects of point guard play in venues from coast to coast.

Camp Details


Check-in: Sunday between 12PM-2:30PM
Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 10:30AM. Check-out following at 11AM. 

Click the "More Details" button below for information on meals, dorming, supervision, and facilities.

More Important Camp Details

Overnight Campers

Housing & Roommates

2 campers per room. Dorms are TBD. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Yes
Pool: No
Room Key Deposit: $50
Suggested Spending Money: $40


Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.


Camper Evaluation

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability. Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony! Departure immediately following.


Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.

Registration Packet

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. 


We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.

Group Discounts

If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount. Teams can register online or via mail/fax.

  • To register your team online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
  • To register your team via mail/fax: Click "Get Brochure" above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry is the oldest college in Southwest Virginia. The campus encompasses 331 pristine acres in the village of Emory, in the Virginia Highlands, one half-mile off Interstate 81 and 40 minutes from a major regional airport.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 AM Wake-up/Get ready for the day
  • 7:45 AM Breakfast
  • 8:50 AM Stretching and Conditioning
  • 9:00 AM Classroom Session/Lecture
  • 10:00 AM Ball Handling Skills and Drills
  • 10:30 AM Skill Development
  • 11:00 AM Team Games
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:45 PM Classroom Session/Lecture
  • 3:00 PM Offensive/Defensive Skills Stations
  • 5:00 PM Dinner
  • 6:45 PM Classroom Session
  • 8:00 PM Gym - Practices/Games
  • 11:00 PM Lights out

Camper Reviews

Dillon M.Camper

  • 5/5.
Fast paced and challenging. It was a very amazing experience!

August 8, 2016: I enjoyed everything at the camp. It was very fast paced and was challenging. I thought the classroom was neat and gym environment was great. The camp staff was very encouraging and kind, which made my experience even better. My favorite part was the 5 on 5. It was very fun and helped me improve with being aggressive and looking to create shots for me and my teammates. This camp helped me get more comfortable with playing with older kids and helped me improve my form and ballhandling. I will always remember meeting new people and how much fun I had. It was a very amazing experience! I hope to come for years to follow!!

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Ben H.Camper

  • 5/5.
I recommend it to anyone looking to step up their basketball game.

This camp was the best I've ever been to. I learned more and elevated my game more in this camp than in any other. Everything about it was awesome. I learned numerous things about the game of basketball, as well as learning other facts about life, making friends, and making memories I will never forget. This was an amazing camp, and I recommend it to anyone looking to step up their basketball game, as well as making memories and having tons of fun.

Elijah A.Camper

  • 4/5.
This camp has improved my game a lot.

August 15, 2016: This camp has improved my game a lot. My favorite part of camp was playing in the gym and meeting new friends.

Jacob S.Camper

  • 5/5.
Rich is awesome.

Rich is awesome, counselors were great. I have attended this camp 3 years in a row and learned something new each time.

  • 4/5.
This was the best so far

Compared to other camps I’ve been to, this was the best one so far. And I liked the camp this year even better than last year. 

  • 4/5.
I had a wonderful time at Nike Sports Camps

I had a wonderful time at Nike Sports Camp and my parents were pleased with my improvement and the way in which the camp was professionally organized.

Jonathan W.Camper

  • 4/5.
Both classroom and on court training.

This was my first complete camp with both classroom and on court training. I learned more from this setup than any other camp.

  • 5/5.
All of the coaches were nice

All of the coaches were nice and took the time to answer the questions not only of the campers but the parents as well. My daughter had a blast and will likely attend a future Nike camp.  

Sandra S.Parent

  • 4/5.
My daughter had so much fun.

My daughter had so much fun, I really would like to sign her up for next year. The staff and Coach Ford was great!

Barry RhodesCamper

  • 4/5.
Classroom Perspective

Anyone who desires to increase their basketball knowledge from a classroom perspective would do well to attend this camp. I first could not understand why my father thought I should attend this camp and I was apprehensive about this camp the first day, but after attending I thoroughly understand why my father thought it was necessary. I will most likely attend this camp again next year and will recommend to all my friends that they should check this one out.

  • 5/5.
Coach Ford and his staff have motivated my son tremendously

Coach Ford is a wonderful human being. This was my son's second year at his camp. He and his staff have motivated and improved my son's attitude and skill level. Coach Ford not only teaches basketball but also teaches life skills. My son and nephew loved his camp and they will be back at camp next year. 

Camp Dates & Prices

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For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.