Sunday, June 15, 2008

Basketball Camp 2008

Matthew and I had so much fun at Bill Self's Basketball Camp! It was a parent/child camp over the weekend and was chalked full of KU spirit and tradition. On Saturday we spent time in Allen Field House, Horejsi Center, and touring the facilites. It was hard not being star struck and not acting like paparazzi be we managed as best we could. The kids did drills and worked on fundamentals on the courts with the current KU players and coaches and then we got a chance to see the locker room, offices and film room. The player coaches we mostly interacted with were Brady Morningstar and Conner Teehan.

After we were done practicing we walked over to Naismith Hall where we were staying and had pizza and had our pictures taken with Coach Self and THE trophy.

On Sunday we had breakfast in Naismith's cafeteria and then went back to the Horejsi Center for more fun. The kids stayed there while the parents went over to Allen Field House to hear Coach Self and Coach Reed (Tyrel's dad) speak about being good parent coaches. After the kids were done running some relays they joined us in Allen Field House for some 5 X 5. It was quite a show. They all had a blast.

After their scrimmages we went back to the Horejsi Center and had some things autographed by the National Champs! Only the campers were allowed to go through the autograph line. Matthew had the players sign different things. Some players signed is ball, others his camp shirt and a couple signed his headband he had gotten there. I got some cute pics of Matthew and Coach Self signing the ball. As he signing it he says to Matthew, "Isn't your mom the one who totally messed up the autograph line last night?" (That's a whole other story!) I'm sure I went bright red and he said again,"You know I'm just kidding you!". I think I heard him say that a dozen times over the weekend to different people. He just so personable and to remember something like that for even for just one night I think is so cool. I can see why he is so popular. He is just so friendly and makes each person feel like they have a connection with him.

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