The second stop on the Hoops And Hope Tour was East Hampton, NY. One on One Basketball partnered with The Hampton Country Day Camp and were set to run things on Tuesday, July 16. Dave Skolnik is the Camp Director, and he was our main contact. Upon arriving Dave greeted Brett and Vanessa with open arms and gave them a tour of the facilities. It’s a beautiful camp and the first thing they noticed was how well staffed it was. Dave told them if you include all staff it’s about a 3:1 staff:camper ratio. This is unheard of.
The next day Brett and Vanessa came to do the camp and met the head basketball guy Jake. Jake was a high school player and worked during the summer because he loves hoops, but mostly because the kids are so great.
The kids in the Hamptons blew us away. They were enthusiastic, appreciative, and absolutely loved the game of basketball. We had an awesome day running drills, doing shooting contests, games, and of course, knockout. Even though Brett knocked out every kid in front of him, nobody complained it was “unfair” like at a lot of other camps we've been to. These kids were just excited to be on the court.
Some people might think it’s odd that we went from Camden, NJ to the Hamptons. Why would kids in the Hamptons need anything from us? We aren’t worried about things like that. We just want to run these camps, have fun, and give back to kids wherever we can. And the kids in the Hamptons could not have been more deserving. With an awesome staff led by Dave, they have done an amazing job instilling important values in each and every one of them through a little acronym called STARFISH. STARFISH stands for: Sportsmanship, Tolerance, Appreciation, Respect, Friendship, Integrity, Sensitivity, and Helpfulness.
All of these values were on hand in one way or another and we were so inspired to be a part of it.
We can't wait to get back there next summer!