HARLINGEN — Mother Nature left her mark on the Valley the last few days, but the rain didn’t stop the local hoopsters from showing up at the 13th Annual Rising Stars basketball camp at Harlingen High School.
The camp ran from Monday through Thursday and hosted more than 60 kids from third grade through ninth grade.
Cardinals head basketball coach Greg Yates and Harlingen South head hoops coach Brian Molina led the camp, and had his son, Jaelen, his sister, Lyrissa, and assistant coach, Sebastian Monjaras, help out.
“We had a great turnout at the camp this week,” Yates said. “The camp is a great opportunity for the campers to learn the fundamentals of basketball.
“The camp has gone on for 13 strong years and has done a great job of promoting the sport of basketball.”
Among some of the other coaches involved were some familiar names, including former Cardinal basketball players Rene Castillo, Matthew Sesler, Jeremy Vasquez, Elijah Rhodes and Julie Garza, who all gave a helping hand and shared their knowledge of the game with the campers.
“Coaching the kids was a great experience,” said Sesler, who graduated just a few weeks ago. “It was nice to work with the future players. It felt rewarding to give back to the community and I hope the kids do well in their time playing basketball.”
The campers also got an opportunity to work on various drills including layups, free throws and different techniques.
For many of the participants, this was not their first experience with the camp. Coach Brian Molina said many participate annually because it gives the parents and coaches a chance to see what is in store for the future.
“We had a great week of camp; it is always great to work with the future basketball players here in Harlingen,” he said. “Many of the campers have been coming to the camp for several years and it is rewarding as a coach to see them grow as players over the years.”