Operation UNITE will host free basketball skills camps with Jarrod Polson

Operation UNITE will offer in-person Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball skills camps for youth in southern and eastern Kentucky on Monday, June 7 in Magoffin County and Thursday, June 10 in Boyd County .

Former University of Kentucky point guard and four-time All-SEC varsity team member Jarrod Polson, who is on the 2011-12 National Championship team, will lead the free, three-hour camps.

All school-aged youth are welcome to attend the camps, which will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Magoffin County High School (June 7) and Boyd County High School (June 10) .

Participants are requested to arrive 30 minutes in advance for registration. (There is no pre-registration.)

For reasons of safety and comfort during participation, young people are asked not to wear open-toed shoes or sandals.

All attendees will receive a free event t-shirt, regulation size signature basketball, food and water, and be entered into a draw for two free portable basketball goals at the end of each camp (you must be present to win).

Presented by the Kentucky National Guard, Shoot Hoops Not Drugs Camps are fun, interactive, and provide a safe, drug-free summer activity. Youth will interact with positive role models while learning fundamental basketball skills. Polson connects these core principles to situations that participants will face later in life – maintaining a healthy lifestyle, listening, working as a team, trying hard, and living with the consequences of making bad decisions.

In addition, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to attend a brief education program sponsored by UNITE on the dangers posed by stimulants. Information about the signs, symptoms and dangers posed by prescription medications will also be provided.

Polson, a native of Wilmore, Kentucky, went from a walk-in athlete to a scholarship athlete even before the start of his first year in the UK. During his four years in the UK, Polson played in 94 games scoring a total of 140 points with a .424 field goal percentage (.313 three-point percentage).

Since 2006, UNITE has hosted 86 regional basketball camps with 11,500 youth participants representing 63 Kentucky counties, 20 other states and two other countries. Over 2,500 parents/guardians attended educational outreach sessions.

Helping to make the 2021 Shoot Hoops Not Drugs camps possible are:

Gold Sponsor: Appalachian Wireless of Ivel, KY.

SILVER Sponsors: AmeriCorps-Kentucky, C&P Quality Meats of London, Citizens Bank of Kentucky of Paintsville, Cumberland Gap Mountain Spring Water of Middlesboro, Frontier Behavioral Health of Salyersville, King’s Daughters Medical Center of Ashland, UA Local 248 Pipefitters of Ashland, Members Choice Credit Union of Ashland, Rise Above Group of Louisa and Walmart.

BRONZE Sponsors: Bailey’s Furniture & GE Appliances of Salyersville, Chad’s Hope Teen Challenge Center of Manchester, Hometown True Value Hardware of Salyersville, Jerraco Drilling Supply of Oil Springs, Sanibel House of Catlettsburg and Shields Law Office of Catlettsburg.

For more information on Shoot Hoops Not Drugs or other Operation UNITE initiatives, visit their website at: http://www.operationunit.org

(provided by Operation UNITE)