Nike Basketball Camp Bowie Gymnasium
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Train like a professional and achieve your basketball goals over spring and summer break with former WNBA player Sonia Chase and her top-notch staff. These popular 5-day basketball camps in Bowie, MD focus on Coach Chase's signature drills, skills, techniques, and tips in a fun and encouraging environment.
The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position.
- All coaches have professional, college, high school, or AAU experience
- Highly structured daily schedule with skill stations, fundamental development, and team play
- Daily discussions about the importance of developing strong work habits on and off the court
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Co-Director Sonia Chase
Sonia Chase, former WNBA player, is the President and CEO of Chase Your Dreams, Inc. whose mission is to help players develop elite basketball skills and prepare for next level opportunities. Chase oversees general camp operations for the Nike Basketball Camps while her highly qualified staff of high school, collegiate and professional coaches run the day-to-day activities. Sonia Chase will be on-site for at least two-three days of each camp session this year.View Sonia's Bio ⟩
Ms. Chase began playing basketball at the age of seven in an all boy's league. Eventually, she started to play for a local neighborhood basketball organization called "The Liberty Road Girl's Basketball Team." She continued to play basketball in numerous leagues throughout the year including Baltimore Neighborhood Basketball League (BNBL) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). While growing up, she attended many basketball camps such as Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Blue Star, NIKE, Blue Chip and Chris Weller's University of Maryland Women's Basketball Camp.
Ms. Chase attended McDonogh School, in Owings Mills, Maryland and became a four-year Varsity starter and two-time captain in high school. She was the first female athlete in school history to score over 3,000 points and also set records that currently still stand today for scoring, assists, rebounds and steals. As a senior in high school, Ms. Chase was selected as a Rollins-Leuktemeyer Scholar, honoring her as an all-around outstanding student-athlete.
In 1994, Ms. Chase was awarded a four-year athletic scholarship to play for the University of Maryland at College Park. She graduated in December 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature and earned a certificate of academic honor in Women's Studies and Health. On April 29, 1998, she was drafted to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) where she ventured to Charlotte, North Carolina to play for the "Charlotte Sting.” In the WNBA off-seasons, Ms. Chase travelled to Europe to play professional basketball in over 10 different countries within the Federation International Basketball Association (also referred to as "FIBA") including Greece, Turkey, and China. The personal and professional knowledge, experience, and contacts accumulated during her tenure as a world-renowned professional athlete serves as a positive support network for Chase Your Dreams Incorporated.
Following her professional basketball career, Ms. Chase realized the vital need to make a positive difference in society utilizing her natural talents and decided to embark upon the entrepreneurial side of life. In 2009, Ms. Chase founded Chase Your Dreams Academy, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote the advancement of youth in education, sports, health, fitness and nutrition. Ms. Chase has developed scholastic and success management programs that support all types of student-athletes in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She was selected as Who’s Who in Black Washington, DC as an “Emerging Leader Women Under 40!” in 2010. In addition, since her retirement from professional sports, Ms. Chase has gained vast experience in corporate America working as a national sales manager in the pharmaceutical industry and has also been a basketball consultant to several companies and universities across the United States. She is a critical thinker and relationship-oriented negotiator who can apply extensive knowledge of industry regulations to rapid revenue and profit growth opportunities.
Through Chase Your Dreams Incorporated, Ms. Chase markets and sells "Chase Your Dreams: BFIT" at company-wide events. This basketball training handbook is a complete system of how Ms. Chase maintained superior mental and physical conditioning throughout her career as a professional basketball player. She recommends using her handbook as a stepping stone to get that much closer to achieving and chasing personal goals within the sport of basketball. Most recently, Ms. Chase received her certification as a FIBA Coach to coach men’s and women’s professional basketball internationally.
Co-Director Cameron Avery
Cameron Avery aka Coach "BIG MAC" is from Silver Spring, MD. He attended Edgar T. Beddingfield High School located in Wilson, N.C and was a 4-sport letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball. He is the son of Legendary Coach Allen M. Avery, Jr., who coached basketball for decades in the DMV region.View Cameron's Bio ⟩
Following in the footsteps of his father, Coach "BIG MAC" has coached basketball for almost two decades in the DMV area and is currently the Director of Programming for Chase Your Dreams Inc (CYD). He also works alongside former National Champion from the University of Maryland, College Park Byron Mouton, at 6th Man Warrior Sports AAU organization, as the Chief Operations Officer. He has been molding kids in to becoming model citizens on and off the court, within both of these organizations, since 2009.
Coach "BIG MAC" is a strong male role model for all kids and is determined and dedicated to getting all players who enter his coaching zone better at the game of basketball as well as the game of life!
Spring Coed (Ages 6-17): April 15-19
Summer Girls (Ages 6-17): July 8-12
Summer Boys I (Ages 12-17): July 22-26
Summer Boys II (Ages 6-11): July 29-August 2
Check-in: Monday at 8:30am
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 3pm
Meals: Lunch is not included. Please bring a packed lunch.
Daily Hours: MON-FRI 9am-4pm*
*Before and after camp care is available at an additional cost. See below for details.Show Less See More Camp Details
We believe that teaching basketball is more than setting up cones and blowing a whistle; we believe the "why" behind a philosophy or technique is just as important as the "how" and players deserve to know both! Our elite staff members will provide a clear, progressive and detailed approach, in an effort to promote the maximum development of each and every player. Our daily commitment to excellence will be achieved by creating a POSITIVE atmosphere that fosters success!
Before and After Care
Before and after camp care includes supervision and activities provided by Sonia Chase's staff. Before camp care is available Monday-Friday from 7am-9am for $100/week or $20/day. After camp care is available Monday-Friday from 4pm-6pm for $100/week or $20/day. You can sign-up for the full week of before/after care during registration. If you would only like to sign-up for select days, please register with Sonia Chase: 410-812-7670.
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.
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.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 AM Camp meeting, discuss agenda for the day
- 9:15 AM Offensive/defensive skill stations
- 10:30 AM Lecture and technique demonstrations
- 11:30 AM Games/contests/shooting
- 12:15 PM Lunch
- 1:15 PM Offensive sets discussion
- 1:30 PM Offensive/defensive skill stations
- 2:15 PM Team practice
- 3:00 PM League games
- 4:00 PM Departure
The City of Bowie Gymnasium is a 27,000-square-foot athletic complex that houses two full-size and two intermediate-size basketball courts along with five volleyball courts which can also be used for young basketball players. Bowie is part of Prince George's County, Maryland approximately 20 miles northeast of Washington DC. The gym will be air conditioned.
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Their Coaching Skills Were Amazing!
July 17, 2018: My daughter had a blast! The coaches have lots of experience as high level players and their coaching skills were amazing! I was also very impressed with the sportsmanship and work ethic that was emphasized. The structure and discipline created a safe environment. Sometimes it's tough to mix hard work and fun but this camp does it! My daughter is already looking forward to going again next year!
— Stacey R. Parent
I Want To Go Back Next Year!
July 14, 2018: My favorite part about this camp is the skills and encouragement the coaches always gave us as a team and one on one! I want to go back next year.
— Naryah S. Camper
Much Appreciation to Coach Sonia Chase and Her Staff!
July 14, 2018: The leaders of this camp and coaches are always professional and very well qualified. We have participated in this camp for 3 consecutive years because of the encouragement, training, teaching, discipline, and confidence that this camp provides. Much appreciation to Coach Sonia Chase and her staff!
— Kimberly B. Parent
Each coach and staff member involved with the camp was phenomenal
August 07, 2017: The first highlight was my son had fun and even though he as tired each day, the smile on his face was priceless. He enhanced his weak attributes and maintain the skills he already had before camp. Each coach and staff member involved with the camp was phenomenal they encourage the kids I saw campers grow each day I pick my son up from the quiet basketball players to the vocal one everyone improved in such a short period of time this was a great camp this was my son's first experience with a Nike camp and he will continue to go and participate and camps each year
— Michael D. Parent
Fun, safe, fundamentals of basketball skills taught and improved!!
August 05, 2017: Fun, safe, fundamentals of basketball skills taught and improved!! My grandson looked forrward to Nike basketball camp. He attended 2 sessions and was excited to go and truly tired at the end of the day from practicing the basketball he learned.We look forward to spring break and next summer for Nike Basketball Camp in Bowie, Maryland!
— Laron D. Grandparent
Excellent instruction, friendly and encouraging coaches and staff
July 24, 2017: Excellent instruction, friendly and encouraging coaches and staff made my daughter want to continue practicing and honing the skills she learned. She was challenged and she enjoyed every minute! The Sonia Chase camp was run extremely well. The kids loved being coached by former professional players and the staff all seemed to really understand kids.
— Colleen M. Parent
I would attend another camp with this group again.
July 15, 2016: Coaches took a lot of care to engage and instruct. Lovely and kind people who showed genuine interest. Simply wonderful. Focus on fundamentals. High quality instruction. Low athlete to coach ratio. It was worth the trip from Kansas City to participate in this camp. It exceeded my expectations. My daughter came out of this with a new sense of confidence. I love Sonia Chase. She is incredibly motivational. Good choice by Nike to partner with her. She was hands on.
— LaDonna G. Parent
Coach Avery was the best!
July 15, 2016: Coach Avery was the best! She really connected with the youth.The most memorable experiences was meeting new people and the 4 D's from Sonia Chase.
— Aria B.
The best camp experience that my daughter has ever had!!
July 16, 2016: This was the best camp experience that my daughter has ever had!! Ms. Sonia Chase and the camp staff provided guidance and support to campers. She was able to increase her knowledge about basketball. Ms. Sonia Chase and the camp staff took time to explain various techniques to improve her basketball skills. They also stressed the importance of maintaining confidence. Ms. Sonia Chase was visible and very involved with the daily operations of the camp. We will definitely return to the Nike Camp with Ms. Sonia Chase. Thank you for this opportunity!! As a parent I enjoyed watching Amber and other campers use the techniques that they learned and applying them to scrimmages.
— Keisha P. Parent
All of the coaches were role models.
July 29, 2016: The instructors were AMAZING! Coach Chase was VERY impressive. She was organized and a great communicator. All of the coaches were role models. The production and organization was top notch. Excellent!
— Mazaline B. Parent
My son's jump shots and free throw shots have improved.
July 29, 2016: The Camp Director had incredible customer service and always engaged the parents and the children. As a parent from the day my son started, I loved how she gained my son's attention and respect. Every morning, the camp director would engaged the campers with in depth conversations and geniune concern for how they were doing. My son said that his favorite parts of the camp was when they were working on the jump shot form, the pick up games and the offensive play. He's improved his jump shots, handles, and free throw shots.
— Lauren M. Parent
They made the kids and parents feel like family.
July 30, 2016: I wish I knew about this camp sooner! The coaches were so professional and positive, Sonia was awesome. I am sad its over. They made the kids and parents feel like family.
— Claire R. Parent
Worth the 6 1/2 hour drive.
July 31, 2016: It was worth the 6 1/2 hr travel to bring my son to this camp. It is awesome that you can satisfy the adult and the child. A truly upscale experience. My son was happy everyday with his camp accomplishments and was sad when camp ended. We're already talking about next summer! Excellent job!
— Brenda P. Parent
My son and I traveled from Korea for this camp and will be doing the same next year!
July 31, 2016: My son and I traveled from Korea and this was his 1st basketball camp. He enjoyed the experience and received a couple awards. It was a good experience for him and I both. I really enjoy the experience from start to finish. The awards ceremony and the type of awards was an excellent fit. I plan on having him attend Nike camp next year.
— Thaddeus G. Parent
We love it so much, we can't wait until next year.
August 1, 2016: We really enjoyed the Nike Camp, the staff was excellent, and Coach Chase is the perfect person to host this camp. She is excellent in working with students and parents. We love it so much, we can't wait until next year. We just need more weeks, to perfect all Coach Chase has to offer.
— Anna H. Parent
Sonia Chase is such a positive role model.
August 1, 2016: Sonia Chase is a very personable and a positive representative of your organization. She was very enthusiastic about Nike and the way you all promote student athletes. She deserves a lot of credit for running the camp and I'm happy that my son was able to experience such professionalism and learn from some excellent coaching. Camp was very well staffed and I could see the individual attention being placed on campers by the coaches as each day progessed. My son felt he was pushed extremely well to better his game. He showed more confidence during his basketball tournament the following weekend.
— Lynette M. Parent
My child learned about sportsmanship and respect.
August 3, 2016: I really appreciated the professionalism and the drive that Ms. Chase/staff have. It makes a parent feel like their child is not only learning the game, but REAL sportsmanship along with RESPECT. I wish they offered this camp for more than one week!
— Erika J. Parent
Coach Chase is great and very personable.
August 8, 2016: Coach Chase is great and very personable. An excellent camp to learn the fundamentals. This is our second time attending the camp and my son has bonded with the coaches.
— Taryn G. Parent
The staff built a bond with all of the campers.
August 8, 2016: The staff was excellent! They built a bond with all of the campers a taught them a great deal, not just about basketball either.
— Damien T. Parent
Expert coaching staff.
August 9, 2016: My boys had a great experience attending the camp and learning from the counselors, especially given their knowledge and expertise in playing and coaching basketball.
— Dana L. Parent
A great experience for my son.
August 10, 2016: Great experience for my son. He really enjoyed the intensity and was for once, not shy about meeting new people. His favorite parts were the new skills he learned, playing games, and the awards at the end of the week.
— Becky D. Parent
Very impressed on all levels.
July 10, 2015: My daughter enjoyed every moment. She really appreciated as did I the coaches really taking the time to talk with her and get to know her. Nothing felt rushed and was extremely sincere. Chineze Nwagbo was amazing! Extremely knowledgeable, professional, genuine, and really left a lasting impression on my daughter. They couldn't have gotten a better leader for this camp.
— Tracee F. Parent
July 10, 2015: Coach T made me want to be the best player ever! The coaches truly put their all into motivating the girls to be their best at all times! I loved working hard, giving it my all, and receiving my awards on the last day.
— Myla H.
We will be back next year!
July 26, 2015: This was a wonderful time for my son; your staff was helpful and kind to everyone. Being that it was my son's first time, he did not want to leave. Since the camp has ended, I have seen a big change.
— Raymond L. Parent
My son was in good hands.
July 29, 2014: The highlight for me as a parent, the Director, Ms. Sonia Chase, was very personable, caring, nurturer and showed compassion towards the camper. She possesses a great wealth of organizational skills and the entire program along with the staff seemed to operate on one accord and with harmony. As a parent, I felt at ease, knowing that my twelve year old son was in good hands. We definitely will be attending the Nike Boys Basketball Summer Camp next year. It was a great experience for my son as well as for me.
— Antoinette D. Parent
July 28, 2014: The mission and vision communicated by Sonia Chase is first class. Her staff reinforced the vision. There was a positive and nurturing atmosphere during the camp. My son gained a positive experience from this camp. I will return next year.
— Joe S. Parent
Sonia Chase is first class.
July 29, 2014: Sonia Chase was available, accessible and listened. Her staff were the best. Knew the kid's names and cared! Best basketball camp that my son has attended and worth every penny spent.
— Alicia G. Parent