Nike Basketball Camp at St. Vincent - St. Mary High School
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Work on basketball fundamentals and get better in summer 2023 at the Lebron James Arena with St. Vincent - St. Mary Basketball Coaches! This Akron basketball camp is giving players of any skill level the opportunity to work on improving strength and conditioning, team play skills, and fundamentals.
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.
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, and more
- Off-court discussions and activities to enhance on-court game
- At-home workouts and instruction from St. Ignatius coaches!
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Co-Director Carley Whitney
Coach Carley Whitney has been the Head Girls Basketball Coach at St. Vincent-St. Mary since 2014. She was an assistant coach at STVM from 2008-2014, before taking over the program. Her career record at STVM is 138-83. In her 9 seasons as head coach, she averages 15 wins per season. In the last 9 seasons, STVM has sent 21 girls off to play on scholarship to colleges of their choiceView Carley's Bio ⟩
Coach Carley is an active member of the WTCBCA Coaches Association, a member and mentor to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, a USA Basketball Gold License Coach, she previously acted as the Assistant Athletic Director at St. Vincent-St. Mary since 2014, she is the Director of Leagues and Events at Ohio Basketball and coaches AAU Basketball for SMAC Basketball.
Coach Carley is a 7x Sectional Champion and District Qualifier, 3x District Champion (2018, 2019, 2023), 3x Regional Qualifier, 1x Regional Champion (2019) and 1x State Qualifier (2019).
Historically, STVM Girls Basketball has won the State Championship 3x: 1979, 1980, 1995.
The Fighting Irish Girls Basketball Program are a proud Nike Elite HS sponsored program, est. 2021.
Coach Carley Whitney is a 2007 graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary. She earned 11 varsity letters during her time at STVM. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Co-Director Dru Joyce
Previously named as USA Today’s Coach of the Year, head coach Dru Joyce is one of the nation’s most influential high school basketball coaches. Under his leadership, Coach Dru has led the St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish in Akron, OH to win seven State Championships and a National Title.View Dru's Bio ⟩
Coach Dru, as he is affectionately known, has been motivator and mentor to countless young men, who have played basketball professionally, including four-time MVP Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jakarr Sampson, and Malaki Branham just to name a few. Coach Dru is qualified to talk about Creating Champions, Success and Winning.
McDonald’s All-American Basketball Games in 2011 named him “All American Coach.” In 2009, The Ohio Athletic Association called Coach Dru Joyce “Coach of the Year”, and he is a recent 2016 Inductee into the Summit County Hall of Fame. Speaking to youth, corporate employees, sales professionals, and educators with his compelling message of Faith, Success, and Winning has helped many individuals and organizations create peak performance. For over 22 years, Coach Dru has shared the playbook for success in not only winning at basketball, but maximizing one’s potential to win in all areas of life. Lebron James credits his former high-school coach with helping him reach his potential as both a basketball player and a man.
Serving as Director of the Northeast Ohio Basketball Association and author of “Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning at Life”, Coach Dru spent over 25 years in corporate America and learned, through study and life’s experience, what it means to step out on faith to become successful and help others see value in themselves to become successful MVPs (Most Valuable Person). Coach Dru knows how to connect people to their potential and position themselves to WIN. In his book, Coach Dru gives step-by-step principles on how to navigate teams through challenging obstacles and the blueprint to help individuals achieve their dreams.
Coach Dru is a graduate of East Liverpool High School and Ohio University with a degree in Business Economics and is one of a select few coaches, who has built a business around basketball. Dru and his wife, Carolyn, are the proud parents of four (daughters, Ursula and India, and Sons, Dru III and Cameron) and grandparents of eight (Davien, Alexander, Alivia, Kanin, KJ, Amaya, Averie and Cruz). Dru is a member of the House of the Lord in Akron, OH and served as a Trustee. He also serves on the board of Emmanuel Christian Academy.
July 31-August 3, 2023
Check-in: Monday at 8:30AM
Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 2:30PM
Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring packed lunch
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-3PM,
Camp will be held in the Lebron James Arena on the Coach Dru Joyce Court.
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
● Athletic, on-court clothing
● Athletic shoes
● Water bottle
● Packed lunch and snacks
● Small gym bag/backpack
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.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
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.
NIKE BASKETBALL CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our basketball camps, please see our FAQ page.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 AM Campers Arrive/Free Shot
- 9:10 AM Stretch/warm-up
- 9:20 AM Offensive/Defensive skills stations
- 11:30 AM Agility Drills
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 12:45PM Lecture
- 1:25 PM Offensive/Defensive Skill Stations
- 1:45 PM Individual skill Competitions
- 2:00 PM Competitive team games (3x3, 4x4, 5x5)
- 3:00 PM Campers depart
Camp will be held in the Lebron James Arena on the campus at St. Vincent - St. Mary High School. Please view Lebron James Arena for a virtual tour of the arena.
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