Nike Basketball Camp Sport Fit Laurel Racquet
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Improve your form, technique, and knowledge of the game with former Bowie State University player Kenny Trader and former WNBA player Sonia Chase! This 2019 summer basketball camp in Laurel, MD offers a unique opportunity for you to train with former professional players and skilled college, high school, and AAU coaches in a fun yet competitive 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 Kenny Trader
Kenny Trader is a former Bowie State University player and the founder of Trader Elite Basketball, LLC which specializes in sports management, basketball camps and clinics for kids, physical training and health/nutrition. Kenny has a very extensive background in the sport of basketball and was a four-year Letterman at BSU and junior-college all-star at Mississippi Delta Community College. His collegiate teams amassed an impressive 72% winning percentage while achieving NCAA tournament bids and conference championships.View Kenny's Bio ⟩
Coach Trader has coached in several basketball camps including the University of Maryland’s Gary Williams Basketball Camp for Kids in College Park, MD; the Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp for Kids in Trenton, NJ and others. In 2006, he played professionally in the American Basketball Association for the Mississippi Miracles organization. He took instruction under the tutelage of Head Coach Sam Lacey (former 14 year National Basketball Association (NBA) Veteran/Sacramento Kings All-Star).
In April of 2008, Coach Trader was rewarded with an individual work-out for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He received an invite to audition for their minor league team, the Los Angeles Defenders. He was released September 2008 but maintains a professional relationship with the Laker organization.
In 2005, Coach Trader formed Trader Elite Basketball, LLC, a limited liability company specializing in sports management, basketball camps and clinics for kids, physical training and health/nutrition. In June 2006, he along with 3 other investors founded Champion Sports Management, Inc. (a sports management company specializing in franchise acquisitions and client representation) and the Big Valley Shockwave (an official franchise member of the American Basketball Association). Coach Trader served as President/Chief Executive Officer and General Manager for each organization, respectively.
Coach Trader holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowie State University May 2011 and subsequently was accepted into the University of Maryland University College’s Master of Business Administration program.
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.
Girls: June 17-21
Coed: June 24-28
Boys: July 15-19
Check-in: Monday at 8:30am
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 3:30pm
Meals: Lunch is not provided. 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.
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
Sport Fit Laurel Racquet has a 33,000 square foot facility including a newly resurfaced basketball gymnasium, locker room, and more. The gym will be air conditioned. The facility will also have adjustable hoops that will be utilized for younger players.