Nike Basketball Camp Emory & Henry College Emory, Virginia

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US Sports Camps is excited to once again welcome Richard Ford, Founder/Owner of SmartHoops, as director of the Nike Basketball Camp at Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA. Join Coach Ford and his staff as they help you improve your basketball game at the Complete Skills Camp which will run from July 27-31, 2014.

As the Founder/Owner of SmartHoops Basketball Program, Coach Richard Ford has run and worked basketball camps for 15 years. He has taught male and female players and second graders to D-I college athletes in a variety of contexts. Under the outstanding guidance of Coach Ford and his staff, get ready for a challenging and fun session of basketball camp this summer!

SmartHoops is a challenging bridge-the-gap basketball program for serious athletes who are moving from entry level hoops into the highly competitive phase of middle school/early high school interscholastic or club play. 

The Complete Skills Camp offers a challenging daily format of fundamental instruction, clinics, drills, and team games. Players will have the opportunity to develop and refine their fundamental basketball skills. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, and team play. 

Highlights Include

  • Superior instruction
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, and more
  • Fundamental instruction, lectures and team games
  • Official NIKE Camp T-shirt
  • NIKE Camp workbook and other great NIKE prizes

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. Overnight campers reside in the dormitories on campus where staff and resident advisors act supervise campers overnight. 

Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Richard Ford

Directing our camp is SmartHoops founder and former Duke point guard Richard Ford. 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. 

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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.

Richard’s teaching approach is concept-based. 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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Camp Code: BKXREH

Complete Skills: This program is intended to help players develop athletically. The individual camp is a great opportunity for young basketball players looking to develop and refine their fundamental basketball skills. This program also includes a curriculum for intermediate/ advanced players looking to 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.

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. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:45 – 8:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 10:00 Classroom Session
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Gym - Individual Stations
  • 12:00 – 1:45 Lunch
  • 1:45 – 3:00 Classroom Session
  • 3:00 – 5:00 Gym - Team Offense/Defense
  • 5:00 – 6:45 Dinner
  • 6:45 – 8:00 Classroom Session
  • 8:00 – 10:30 Gym - Practices/Games
  • 11:00 Lights out
Check-in Times 
Co-Ed Session check-in Sunday, July 27th from 12PM-2:30PM 
Check-out Times
Closing ceremony: Thursday, July 31st at 10:15AM.
Parents are invited to attend! Departure: 11AM Immediately following the closing ceremony. 
Camp Information
All campers must eat breakfast/lunch at home on Day 1 as dinner is the first meal. 
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. Campers must bring their health and release forms with them to check-in on the first day of camp.  
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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. 


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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.

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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.  

Camper Parent

  • 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. 

Nike Basketball Camp Emory & Henry College Richard Ford, Camp Director P.O. Box 947 Emory, Virginia 24327


Nike Basketball Camp Emory & Henry College
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