PIMA — Right out of the gate, while other schools were getting ready to graduate their seniors, Pima basketball head coach Cliff Thompson kicked off a summer break packed with sports camps.

Campers from third through eighth grade underwent three intense days of drills, practicing being quality teammates and becoming more disciplined on the court. Players from both the boys and girls high school basketball teams gave Thompson a hand before getting ready to head off to a basketball tournament over the weekend.

The camp serves as a fund-raiser for the varsity basketball programs. It runs immediately after school gets out and right before Memorial Day. Funds go toward tournament fees and hotel costs.

Thompson said, “The parents are happy to get them out of the house for one week, I think, while we’re doing this. We introduce the kids to basketball. For some, you can tell this is their first exposure to basketball. A lot of these kids that help us now, like Saydee Allred, she came here even while she went to school at Thatcher. Now she comes to school here.

“The cost of the camp is almost the same as when I went to it. I think it was $25 when I was in high school. We want as many kids as we can to come to this camp.”

In addition to raising funds, this camp serves as a community builder, providing an affordable activity for youths.

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