‘Share the Rock’ basketball clinic taught basketball, life skills

Published 3:14 pm Monday, June 12, 2017

The Share the Rock Basketball Camp took place this week at Bogalusa High School and taught the participants basketball and life skills.
This is the third year of the camp.
“We come in and we have a different local preacher come in every morning and give a devotion to the kids,” said camp director Derek Dantin, who is the pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church. “We have a community leader come in in the afternoon and speak to them about being men, having plans for your life and being successful.”
During the day, the campers work on fundamental skills, and then participate in various competitions.
“We do three stations — a shooting station, defense and rebounding station and a dribbling and passing station,” Dantin said. “The most important thing is that they’ll hear this week that Jesus is the answer to their questions. That’s the most important thing and that he died for them and loves them.
“And also, we just want them to know that you can be successful. You can be anything you want to be. You’ve just got to take advantage of every opportunity you have and work hard.”
This year’s clinic featured more than 30 participants.
Dantin said he loves putting on the camp.
“I did a camp just like this as a kid,” Dantin said. “It was a great memory for me, so just to be able to do it for these kids is great as well.”
Helping with the camp were Mike Keen, Drew Meyerchick and Landon Tims. Keen coaches at Annunciation Catholic School, Meyerchick coaches at Pine and Tims coaches at Ben’s Ford.
The clinic was free because of the camp’s sponsors. Dantin said he is thankful for all of the sponsors and their support.