Nike Basketball Camp Homewood High School

Nike Basketball Camp Homewood High School
Nike Basketball Camp Homewood High School

Our popular Alabama site just got bigger! With great excitement, Elite Hoops basketball has added an all girls program to this once boys only camp location. Elite Hoops staff lends its expertise to direct one girls and two boys camp sessions this summer.

The Complete Skills Camp is intended to help players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, team play, and more.

Highlights Include

  • 8:1 camper to coach ratio
  • 3+ hours dedicated daily to individual development from our highly qualified coaching staff
  • online training program to chart athletic progress
  • Exclusive, highly competitive 3on3 Cut Throat Tournaments
  • Official NIKE Camp T-shirt, NIKE Workbook, and other great prizes!
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Tim Shepler
Camp Director

Tim Shepler

Coach Shepler will direct both boys basketball sessions at Homewood High School this summer. Tim enters his 6th year with Elite Hoops. Coach Shepler is a coaching veteran in the state of Alabama currently in his 25th year as a head varsity basketball coach. 

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For the last 20 years of his career, Shepler has been at Homewood High School where he has built a consistently winning program. His teams at Homewood are known for their fundamental soundness and team play on the floor. Under Shepler, the Patriots have won or shared an area championship in nine of the last 13 years. They have also played in the state championship games twice in 2008 and 2010.   

Shepler's 456 wins ranks him as one of the winningest active coaches in the entire state of Alabama. Throughout his coaching career at Homewood High School, over 25 of his former players have gone to play at the collegiate level. Impressively, this includes Birmingham star Ronald Nored who had an extremely successful career at Butler University and lead the Bulldogs to 2 NCAA Final Four appearances as the starting point guard. 

Coach Shepler has a passion for teaching players the skills of the game and desires to instill the confidence that will make each player perform as a championship competitor both mentally and physically.

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Jovanka Ward
Camp Director

Jovanka Ward

Coach Ward will direct the girls basketball camp at Homewood High School this summer. JoVanka Ward is in her 4th year at Homewood HS where she has an overall record of 94-31. 

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The 2015-16 Lady Patriots held the Alabama Sports Writers Association  #1 Ranking for 6A Girls Basketball for the entire season.  Homewood completed the season as undefeated Regular Season Champions, 3 time Area Tournament Champions, Back to Back Sub-Regional & Regional Champions and appeared in the 6A State Championship game for the second year in a row, only to finish as the AHSAA State Runner-Up with an overall record of 27-7 after falling to undefeated LeFlore from Mobile, AL.  Coach JoVanka Ward was selected to coach the North All-Stars during 2016 AHSAA All-Star Week held in Montgomery, AL.

In 2014-15 The 6A State Champion Lady Patriots finished the season as Walker HS Tournament Champions, Ramsay Hilltop Tournament Champions, Area 9 Undefeated Regular Season Champions, Area 9 Tournament Champions and as the first girls basketball team in school history to be ranked number 1 by the ALSWA (Sports Writers Association). The Lady Patriots held the Number 1 ranking from early December throughout the course of the entire season. They were back to back Area & Sub-Regional Champions and they are the first team to advance beyond the first round of regional play, also making them the first Regional Champions in school history. The Lady Patriots are the first team to make it to the state finals and the first state girls or boys, basketball championship in Homewood history while also setting a school-record with 30 wins.  Coach JoVanka Ward was named Over The Mountain (OTM) Coach of the Year, ALSWA 6A Coach of the Year, State Finals Best Dressed Coach of the Year and USA Today Alabama High School Coach of the Year.

In the 2013-14 season the Lady Patriots finished with an Area & Sub-Regional Championship and a Sweet 16 appearance.

Ward teaches Health, Drivers Ed, and LIFE PE. She comes to HHS after spending three years at Homewood Middle School as Physical Education teacher as well as Head Coach of Basketball and 7th grade Volleyball.

Prior to HMS JoVanka was an assistant women’s basketball coach at UAB for 5 years, and spent 2 years as First Assistant at Alabama A&M and other universities to include Howard and Virginia State. In 2008, after an 11 year career as a college basketball coach she decided to step away from the demands of college athletics to spend more time with her family.

Coach Ward is originally from Panama City, Panama but affectionately calls Hampton, VA home where she grew up and finished her college playing days. She played her prep-school basketball at Kecoughtan High School, then later went on to receive scholarships to play at Old Dominion University, where she spent one year and then completed her playing career at Hampton University.

JoVanka and her husband Steve, who is the Head Boy’s basketball coach at Huffman High School, have a daughter named Jaelynn. Coach Ward enjoys watching, playing, and coaching various sports, exercising and relaxing every opportunity she gets! Her favorite teams are her HU Lady Pirates Women’s Basketball, Duke Men’s Basketball (Go Bluedevils!), NY Yankees, Washington Redskins (HTTR!), VA Tech Football (Go Hokies!), and now as an AL resident she enjoys Crimson Tide Football as well (RTR!!)

Camp Details


Girls Session: June 20th-24th
Boys Session I: June 27th-July 1st
Boys Session II: July 25th-29th


Check-in: Monday at 8:30AM 
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 11:30AM
Camp Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch or lunch money.
Camp Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-3PM FRI 9AM-12PM

Click the "More Details" button below for a sample daily schedule and information on facilities, camper evaluation, and registration.

More Important Camp Details

Camp Meals

Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch or lunch money. A concession stand will be available for lunch, snack, and drink purchases.

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. The State of Massachusetts requires a copy of camp participants’ most recent physical and record of immunizations, shots, etc., in addition to the US Sports Camps health and release form.  


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.


Homewood High School in Birmingham, AL provides campers with ample room to showcase and develop their skills. With two full length courts, campers are always active. The daily format, which includes fundamental instruction, lectures, and team games will leave any young camper with renewed energy and enthusiasm for the game of basketball. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00 AM Campers Arrive/Free Shoot
  • 9:10 AM Stretch/Floor Length Open Up
  • 9:30 AM Skill Development Work
  • 11:10 AM Contests
  • 11:40 AM 5 on 5 League Games
  • 12:20 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Living by Numbers Individual Skill Development
  • 1:40 PM Video/Speaker/Speed and Agility
  • 2:20 PM 3 on 3 League Games
  • 3:00 PM Campers Depart

Camper Reviews

Amber E.Parent

  • 5/5.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Coach Shep and his team!

My son has been attending the Nike camp at Homewood High School for the past five (5) years. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Coach Shep and his team! It's a great camp ... well run with high quality and skilled coaches. My son has learned a lot over the years of attending and is so sad that he has now aged out! He LOVED his coach this year who was super encouraging and the Female Coach over his division (NBA) could not have been better or more encouraging, while at the same time challenging to push further. Super big thanks to Nike for seeing the need in the Birmingham area ... to Homewood High School for allowing the community access to their facilities ... and to Coach Shep for being an awesome leader, mentor and friend to my son!

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Hollie H.Parent

  • 5/5.

My boys loved, loved this camp!!!  I am an instructor for majorettes and am very picky about camps that my kids go to because I never want them to just be babysat!   But this camp was extremely organized and well ran and plenty of staff and my kids will be signing up for another one that is in Homewood asap.

Dermie C.Camp

  • 5/5.
Best basketball camp ever!

Best basketball camp ever!

  • 4/5.
The coaches were encouraging and patient!

My nephew is a 6'5 13-year-old who is new to basketball. The coaches were encouraging and patient! Thanks for challenging my nephew and giving him the most improved player award.

John R.Parent

  • 4/5.
Camp is a great experience.

Camp is a great experience and all the boys we know really enjoy all aspects.

Brian D.Camper

  • 4/5.
My boys had an opportunity.

My boys had an opportunity to play with many different skill levels, while challenging themselves to get better.

  • 5/5.
Coach Lee Miller called me with an update on my son

Coach Lee Miller even called me with an update on my son. His enthusiasm and interest in my son helped spark a new desire for basketball within him. The following week, Coach Maddux really helped them move in positive directions. My son has been to several basketball camps and I would highly recommend this camp to anyone. 

  • 5/5.
This was the best one 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.
Team and individual training was a good mix.

The camp was awesome and you get to work with all the coaches. Team and individual training was a good mix. The coaches looked out for everyone and made sure you played a lot and played fair.

  • 5/5.
Camp was professionally organized

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

  • 5/5.
Our son Hunter loved your camp

Our son loved your camp and although he is extremely active, this was the first time he has ever mentioned getting sore from exercise!! Way to Go!!

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.