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Camp offers affordable basketball programs

The DJ Sports Club will offer several specialized camps for kids under the age of 17 at multiple locations, including Verdun, Brossard, in the South West area and Nun’s Island.

This year, there will be an additional camp at Brébeuf College for boys and girls aged 7 to 16. The Shawn Browne Basketball Camp — led by former NCAA athlete Browne — will teach participants different techniques like handling, passing and dunking, and work on motor skills through competitive games and exercises. Campers will also be taken on excursions to nearby water parks and to movie theatres. The camp will be held weekly from June 26 until Aug. 4.

For ages 8 to 13, the DJ Academy camp in the South West area focuses on basketball skill development but also offers other activities like swimming, science workshops and chess lessons. It runs from June 26 to Aug. 11.

New this year is the half-day Hoop Dreams Camp for teens 12 to 15 being held at the Brossard location. The camp runs from June 26 to Aug. 18 and works on improving and refining players’ techniques through outdoor activities and games.

The camps aim to build a sense of community through physical activity and bonding, says founder and owner Dexter John. Throughout the summer, the organization also hosts competitive and recreational games and tournaments.

As a non-profit organization, the club is funded primarily by memberships and through charitable events. One of the organization’s main attractions is the bi-annual Pop vs. Jock basketball game, where members of Concordia and McGill’s basketball teams face off on the court against musicians and actors.

Apart from basketball training, there are tutoring services for students who need help in French, English and Math. Weekly camp sessions range from $120 to $130, but John says the organization tries to ensure money isn’t a barrier for kids who want to participate. “Our motto is no child will ever be turned away because of their financial situation,” John says.

For more information, call 514-373-8146 or visit jdexter.org.

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