Monday, April 23, 2012

2012 NIKE Basketball Camp Profile: Nashville Camps

Posted by Lee Miller | Monday, April 23, 2012 | Category: | 1 comments

NIKE Basketball Camps
Nashville, TN
Limited Spaces



NIKE Basketball will run 4 basketball camps in Nashville, TN this summer.  The first two camps will be held at Hendersonville First Baptist (HFB) in Hendersonville, TN and will run June 25-June 29, 2012 and the second camp from July 9-July13, 2012.  The 3rd Nashville camp will be a Girl's Camp that will run from July 16-July 20, 2012 at Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA).  The 4th Nashville Camp will run from July 23-July 27, 2012 at Christ Presbyterian Academy.  All Nashville camps will be directed by our Tennessee Director and Christ Presbyterian Academy Head Coach Drew Maddux

Drew Maddux first started working with Elite Hoops in 2009 as a Camp Co-Director.  Over the first 2 years, Maddux helped co-direct four of our NIKE camps in Nashville.  In 2011, he directed three Elite Hoops NIKE Basketball Camps in Tennessee as well as our Tennessee Skill Development Training Clinics. This year, he'll direct all four of our Nashville NIKE Camps.

For the past six years, Maddux has been the Head Coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy (CPA) in Nashville.  In those six years, Maddux has a combined record of 163-39, while being ranked in the Top 10 each of those seasons. In 2008 and 2009, Maddux lead his team to the Region 5AA Championship. In 2008, he was also named the NBCA Coach of the Year. This season, he lead to Lions to their first ever State Championship and finished the season and impressive 37-2.

These camps will focus on individual skill improvement with our morning skill stations and afternoon 3 on 3 league.  Each camper will also play in one 5 on 5 game and participate in our Living by Numbers contests each day.  This camp is a perfect way to prepare for your school, church, rec or AAU season. All NIKE basketball camps maintain a player to coach ratio of 8:1 and are staffed by high school and collegiate coaches as well as collegiate players. 


These camps have limited spaces and are for ages 8-15 (entering grades 3rd-9th). The camp fee is $260 per player. This camp sold out last year so make sure to register early.  Each player will receive a NIKE camp Tshirt, NIKE yearbook, NIKE camp certificate, and a hand written evaluation from the coaching staff.



Camp times are Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm and Friday 9am-12pm. Camp concludes Friday with an awards ceremony that begins around 11:45am. Lunch will not be provided, but a concession stand will be available with pizza, snacks and drinks. 


For more information visit www.elitehoopsbasketball.com or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP


Friday, April 20, 2012

2012 NIKE Basketball Camp Profile: Marietta High School

Posted by Michelle Manfredi | Friday, April 20, 2012 | Category: | 0 comments



2012 NIKE Boys Basketball Camp
at Marietta High School 

Limited Spaces
The 3rd annual NIKE Boys Basketball Camp at Marietta High School in Marietta, GA will run June 25- June 29, 2012 and will be directed by our staff as well as Marietta Head Varsity Boys Coach Matt Lyons.

This camp will focus on individual skill improvement with our morning skill stations and afternoon 3 on 3 league.  Each camper will also play in one 5 on 5 game and participate in our Living by Numbers contests each day.  This camp is a perfect way to prepare for your school, church, rec or AAU season. All NIKE basketball camps maintain a player to coach ratio of 8:1 and are staffed by high school and collegiate coaches as well as collegiate players.

This camp is limited to the first 80 boys that register and is for ages 9-15 (entering grades 4th-9th). The camp fee is $260 per player. Over 90% of our camps sold out last year so make sure to register early.  Each player will receive a NIKE camp Tshirt, NIKE yearbook, NIKE camp certificate, and a hand written evaluation from the coaching staff.

Marietta High School is located in Marietta, Georgia and about 4 miles west of I-75 and is right off Hwy 120. Marietta is a convenient camp location for anyone in Cobb County including the Kennesaw, Mableton, Powder Springs, Vinings and Smyrna areas.
Camp times are Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm and Friday 9am-12pm. Camp concludes Friday with an awards ceremony that begins around 11:45am. Lunch will not be provided, but a concession stand will be available with pizza, snacks and drinks. 


This is the premier skill development basketball camp for players ages 9-15 in Cobb County. For more information on camp visit www.EliteHoopsBasketball.com or call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Love of the Game

Posted by Michelle Manfredi | Monday, April 16, 2012 | Category: , , , | 1 comments

Looking back on my playing and coaching career so many great memories come to mind.  I think back at all the time, sweat, tears, blood, and work that I put into this game.  I think about how many times I have ran that 94’ length or 50’ width.  Some people may question why we do what we do.  We may even question ourselves.  I think about the conditioning that I had to do to reach the top level.  As I was standing on the baseline about to run my last 20 in 20 (20 suicides in 20 minutes), and every part of my body is screaming in pain, and I thought to myself, “why do I put myself through this pain?”   But then it comes from within; we do this because we love the game.  We want to be the best we can be, and to reach that level you have to work. 

Basketball has been one of the most influential things in my life.  I first started playing organized basketball in the 2nd grade.  However, basketball was a part of my life before that.  I would dribble whenever I saw a basketball.  Being from the north, we could not play outside usually after the month of October.  I used to ask my parents to move the kitchen table in the winter so I could dribble and work on my ball handling indoors.  I would also go down to the garage and turn off the lights so I could dribble in the dark.  I figured out at a young age that basketball was what I wanted in the future.  I spent a lot of time working on my game.  I missed a lot of dances and events with friends for practice and AAU tournaments.  People used to think I was crazy always going from one gym to the next.  But I had goals and dreams and had full intentions on reaching them; I knew at a young age, that I loved this game.

Basketball has taken me places that a lot of people never get to in a lifetime.  I am thankful every day for the opportunities basketball has given me.  Basketball is always what kept me going.  Basketball earned me a full scholarship for 4 years to Niagara University.  After playing college ball, I was able to play professionally overseas for a year in Germany.   Due to injury, I had to give up my playing career, however I could not see my life without basketball.  Since I could no longer play, I got into college coaching.  From there, basketball took me to New Mexico where I started my first year of collegiate coaching and worked on my Master’s Degree.  Because of basketball, I was able to get my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree fully paid for.  It is a blessing to be 26, and not have to pay back student loans. 

After 3 years of college coaching, I got this opportunity to work for Elite Hoops Basketball.  It was a tough decision to get out of the college coaching world, but I made the decision to try something new.  It has only been a week, but working for Elite has brought back a different love of the game for me.  It has brought back the fundamentals and all the things that have gotten me to the point where I am today.  I love having the opportunity to help the youth become better players.  I am extremely fulfilled after every workout. 

Basketball is not just a game to me; it’s a lifestyle.  Basketball has taken me all over the world.  It has helped to keep me through school and focus on my studies.  It has taught me the meaning of discipline, hard work, effort, loyalty, teamwork, and perseverance (and the list could go on).   I am fortunate enough to say that I love what I do and I enjoy going to work.  I have been able to discover myself through basketball.  It has helped shape me into the person I am today.  I have learned so much from the game, and now it’s my turn to give it back.  

Michelle Manfredi
Girls Director
Elite Hoops/Nike Basketball Camps