Building Skills for Success

Joseph Hutt led the participants in a cheer of Na:ni-la-te’, which means “we will win” in the Hoopa language, after the award ceremony for the basketball camp on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2012. / Photo by Kristan Korns, Two Rivers Tribune.

By KRISTAN KORNS, Two Rivers Tribune

Local resident and former professional basketball player Joseph Hutt led a four-day training camp for young players at the Neighborhood Facilities Gym in Hoopa from Monday, Aug. 6 through Thursday, Aug. 9.
“These kids have a lot of talent, and basketball in Hoopa continues to get better,” Hutt said.
Hutt said that assistance and support for the youth of the valley from the coaches, the Housing Authority, Recreation, and the Chairman and Tribal Council makes a big difference.
Charlie Moon, a senior at Hoopa High School, was training in the gym Tuesday.
“I play basketball every day,” Moon said. “In the camp we learn new things to make us better; healthy eating habits, conditioning, and ways to be a well-rounded athlete.”
The advice and guidance from Hutt and the other coaches are about more than just physical conditioning. There is a mental part too.
“What’s your goal?” Hutt asked the camp participants.
Each one had an answer ready for the coach, about what they wanted to do or wanted to become.
“We have everyone write in journals,” Hutt said. “It gives young people a chance to write out their goals and reflect on their progress.”
Kin-sin-ta Joseph was league MVP in high school before she went on to play basketball for College of the Redwoods. She was at the gym all week to help coach.
“I’ve been showing them the basics of the game, especially the younger kids in the morning,” Joseph said. “We’ve been teaching them self-discipline, which they need to go far in basketball.”
Eric Young watched his son Dennis practice on Thursday. He and his family moved to Hoopa six months ago from Sacramento.
“They’re learning fundamentals like teamwork,” Young said. “It’s good for the kids to get them out in the summer.”

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