More than 100 aspiring basketball players attended the three-day basketball camp Aug. 8-10 hosted by Alisha Breen, a Choteau graduate and associate women’s basketball coach at Montana State University Billings.
This is the fifth year that Breen has organized a camp in Choteau. “There were 70 students from kindergarten through fourth grade showing up this morning and over 30 in the afternoon from grades five through eight,” Breen said. “It was a busy morning, but so much fun.”
A standout basketball star for the Bulldogs and the same on the court for the Yellowjackets in college, this is Breen’s sixth summer basketball camp for elementary, middle and high school students. high school. Of course, she said it was her favorite. “Really, it’s great to be home and have this camp every year,” she said. “The response has increased every year.”
Breen especially likes having the Bulldog players help him with camp. “I don’t bring coaches or outside players to help me,” she said. “It’s great to have local athletes taking part in this camp, which gives young players someone to look up to and aspire to be as they work on their skills,” she said. She noted that at least one of this year’s helpers attended camp when she was in eighth grade.
Breen hosted an evening camp for female Choteau High School basketball players in June and plans to hold a similar evening camp for boys.
Breen said camp fees help pay for shirts and insurance and she likes to give back what she can in donations to various programs in Choteau.
Breen coached the MSUB Women’s Basketball Program for five years and this is her second year as an Associate Head Coach. Breen helped the Yellowjackets to Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships in 2019-20 and 2021-22.
Prior to coaching with MSUB, Breen was a starter for four years on the basketball team. Breen also competed in volleyball and track and field for the Bulldogs, and was an all-conference and all-state selection in all three sports on multiple occasions.