GREAT FALLS — At Great Falls Central the University of Great Falls (Providence) Argos held a basketball camp for boys and girls grades 1-6 this week. During the four-day camp, the kids got to experience continuous fun and exciting athletic activity both inside and outside the basketball court, as well as fine-tune some basketball skills and learn some new ones along the way. Plus, getting to see Isaac Howard dunk was an added bonus, as well.
“All the kids have a great skill set already, but there’s definitely kids that stick out,” said Howard, a UGF forward. “There’s fast kids, kids with good shots. They have a different set of skills, I want to see how they get when they’re older.”
“There’s a lot of talented kids, I think, that will hopefully continue to grow and continue to take the skills we’re working on and use them outside of here,” said UGF men’s basketball coach Anthony Owens. “Have them become better and hopefully see them come through Great Falls High, CMR, Central Catholic and hopefully be an Argo someday.”
The UGF players like Howard and Stephanie McDonagh got in on the fun, too, with helping the kids in the camp, showing examples that this is one of their favorite events to do all year.
“This is my favorite. I’ve been coaching 13 years now and camp is one of my favorite parts,” said Owens. “It is a little wearing, it wears on you a little bit, because you have little kids who are running around and you have to make sure you keep them safe and healthy. That part of it is hard, but being around them is fun because you just never know what they’re going to say or do. That’s always a challenge, but it’s a fun time of the year. It’s kids I get to give back after four days instead of my own so, it’s a great time.”
Future Argo basketball stars maybe? Only time will tell.