Youth from across the community have had the opportunity to learn and improve their basketball skills over the past month through Coach Jerry Turner’s Firstep Academy Camp.
Taking place at Wesley Hilltop House in Elizabethtown, the free camp was made possible by a COVID-19 relief grant that PURE Inc. received from the City of Elizabethtown.
Turner, a graduate of Elizabethtown High School, said one of the main goals of the camp was to give local youth the opportunity to learn basketball skills and receive mentorship.
“Our main goal was to bring something to the kids in this area so they would have a place to go to develop basketball skills and get mentorship,” he said.
Held every Wednesday in May, Turner said they average around 20-30 kids a week.
Turner, who has his own nonprofit called Firstep Academy and has been coaching basketball teams in the area for about eight years, said he was “happy to do so” when asked to attend camp.
Turner said their hope is for the camp to continue and grow.
Kim Iman, founder of PURE Inc., said the idea originated as a way to get young people outdoors and more active amid COVID.
Turner said they are planning a second basketball camp in July. Dates have yet to be determined, but he said updates will be available @fa_development on Instagram. The camp will be free and open to young people of all ages.
The basketball camp is one of the many opportunities for young and old offered at Wesley Hilltop House.