Jimmy Williams’ annual basketball camp gears up to take the court

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: August 3, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

PRINCE GEORGE – Union Branch Baptist Church’s annual Jimmy Williams’ Youth Basketball Camp is getting ready to take the court for its tenth-straight year of providing mentorship and other valuable life skills to young boys and girls across Southside Virginia. 

Led by James Williams, he has successfully managed the UBBC Basketball Camp since it began in 2009. The highly-acclaimed camp has had several past campers go on to make a prominent name for themselves in basketball, with this camp being geared toward boys and girls between the ages of six through 17. 

“This year’s camp will continue to focus on God, Family, and education,” Williams shared. “The primary goal of the camp is to develop and refine the academic, athletic, basketball, and sportsmanship skills necessary to promote well-rounded individuals.”

This year’s camp will be held August 12 through 15, from 8 a.m. to 12-noon daily at Union Branch Baptist Church, located at 3356 Union Branch Road, South Prince George 23805.

Those interested can contact UBBC at (804) 862-1672, or drop by the church for an application. Cost of the camp is only $20, which is just half the cost of last year’s camp. This will include breakfast each morning, as well as plenty of fluids for the campers. On the final day of the camp, lunch will also be provided. This program is designed to accommodate up to 60 youngsters and will accept campers from throughout Central Virginia on a first-come, first-served basis.

Local and national sports figures, guidance counselors, educators, and college and high school students will assist in this camping experience. UBBC’s Mass Choir, camp sponsor, and other members will again serve as support staff for the camp.

“We continue to ask for the support and assistance of corporate and individual donors to sponsor campers that may not be able to afford the fee,” said Williams. “This fee will help in the purchase of necessary materials and supplies for the camp. Sponsorships will help us to provide this wonderful experience for youth who would otherwise be unable to participate.”

A variety of distinguished speakers are scheduled for this year’s camp. So far, these speakers include Reverend Maurice Bowles, Petersburg High School basketball alumni; George Lancaster, former Highland Springs High School basketball player, current Bluestone High School Boys Basketball Coach; Harold Dean, Athletic Instructor and Personal Trainer; Charles Payton, Chesterfield County Athletic Director; Kim Pond, Matoaca Middle School’s award-winning Girls Basketball Coach; Kevin R. Walker, College Coach, Durham, North Carolina; Roger Geter, Guest Volunteer; and Roy Bolton, Matoaca Player, and now Coach.

Registration will be allowed up until the first morning of camp, space permitting. Please consider donating to this wonderful activity for our youth. For registration or donation information, telephone (804) 862-1672. Check it out on-line at www.ubbcpg.com, or email them at ubbc@verizon.net.

“Children at this camp develop short and long-term goals, and they develop and refine the fundamentals needed to become successful athletes,” said Erline Williams, Union Branch Baptist Church Clerk. “Throughout the week, the kids learn the importance of good study habits and good nutrition, and come to recognize that a positive attitude is a key to becoming a winner, both off and on the court.”

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