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Long Co. loves hoops
Students participate in free camp
Marcus Scott, founder of Scotts All-Stars, talks to the children who participated in the Scotts All-Stars basketball camp on Dec. 11 in Long County. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

The Scott’s All-Stars basketball program held a free session Dec. 11 at the Long County High School gym.

More than 50 children attended the event, which covered basketball fundamentals while also stressing "something extra," according to organizer Marcus Scott.

"We’ve had a basketball camp before, but this is the first year we also have incorporated teaching about the dangers of drug abuse," Scott said.

The importance of certain life skills also are regularly reinforced at the camps, he said.

"What we do is not only focus on basketball skills, because a lot of kids have those, we also stress the importance of having the right attitude. That’s what makes the difference in a kid being successful or not being successful," Scott said. "Everything we do is about preparing kids from elementary school right on up into high school, getting them ready to go to college."

He also coaches a traveling basketball team in Long County, but players must meet eligibility requirements.

"We push doing the right thing, so to be on our team you have to maintain a minimum GPA at school and also stay out of trouble," Scott said.

He will conduct another basketball camp Dec. 20-23 at the Liberty County Armed Services YMCA.

For more information on the camp, call YMCA sports and fitness director Richard Somerville at 368-9622. For more information on the Scott’s All-Stars program call 655-4371 or go to

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