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ThunderWolves Pack-In youth minds at camp

When you see undersized players pushing the ball up court at Massari Arena midway through July, don’t think it’s a new strategy employed by the Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves.

Maybe in the future, but for now Kip Drown and the Lady T-Wolves will settle for teaching the youth the fundamentals of hoops.

“The camp is get the kids ready to play but also to play in a really fun atmosphere,” said CSU-Pueblo women’s assitant basketball coach Janean Jubic. “We rearranged the program so the kids will have a lot more fun at camp, because that’s what we want: to just have fun.”

The Pack-In basketball camp at Massari Arena held for all students from third through ninth grade is set to take place from July 14-17.

Because of the varying skill set among each grade level, no student at the camp needs to concern themselves with being outdone by an older player.

Third through sixth graders receive the tutelage of the Lady ThunderWolves staff from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., followed by seventh through ninth graders from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Fundamentals such as dribbling drills and defensive shell – a drill that teaches players proper placement and communication on defense – are taught to the students at the camp, similar to the drills Drown’s players use each day in practice at the collegiate level.

Whether you are a novice in the game of basketball or played for years, the staff of the camp assures that each student has something to take away.

Anyone interested in the camp must sign up prior to or on July 9 and pay $75 for the camp.

Those who sign up late must pay $85 to participate in the camp.

Contact CSU-Pueblo women’s assistant basketball coach Janean Jubic for more information about the camps by emailing her at

­— Christine Ina Casillas contirbuted to this report

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