Nike Girls Basketball Camp The St. James
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Join former WNBA player Sonia Chase and staff in Springfield, VA for this girls only basketball camp in summer 2023! This camp will help reach your basketball goals, boost your confidence, and improve your all-around game.
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
- All campers recieve a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp 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 alongside her highly qualified staff of high school, collegiate and professional coaches.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.
Coach Raphael McNeill
Coach McNeill has been coaching basketball at the AAU, high school, and college level for 15 years. He recently spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Livingstone College Blue Bears.View Raphael's Bio ⟩
Prior to his tenure at Livingstone College, Coach McNeill was an assistant at Virginia Union University, Chesapeake College, Suitland HS (Suitland, MD), C.H. Flowers HS (Springdale, MD), Largo HS (Largo, MD), and WeR1 AAU team. He has also trained and mentored NBA players such as NBA Champion Quinn Cook and Orlando Magic's Markelle Fultz. Coach McNeill has been a co-director at Sonia Chase's NIKE/U.S. Sports basketball camps for the last 10 years.
Coach McNeill attended Old Dominion University and later Fayetteville State University where he earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science in 2001. Although he was born and raised in North Carolina, he is considered a local basketball legend in the DMV (DC, MD, VA) area and continues to be an advocate for youth boys and girls in the community.
August 7-11, 2023
Check-in: Monday at 8:30am
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 2:00pm
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch or money to purchase lunch. Lunch can be purchased for $14 per day, or $70 per week.
Daily Hours: MON-FRI 9AM-3PM
*Before and after camp care is available at an additional cost for all sessions. 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 $80/week . After camp care is available Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm for $150/week. To sign-up, please use this link: https://tsjcamps.leagueapps.com/store or call or text Sonia Chase: 410-812-7670.
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 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
- 1:00 PM Offensive sets discussion
- 1:15 PM Offensive/defensive skill stations
- 1:45 PM Team practice
- 2:00 PM League games
- 3:00 PM Departure
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.