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Lakewood girls give and receive with basketball camp

Lakewood freshmen and basketball camp instructors Lauryn Smith, left, Megan Eby, middle, and Kayley Mizell, right, pose with Cougar mascot Kujo and one of their campers. -
Lakewood freshmen and basketball camp instructors Lauryn Smith, left, Megan Eby, middle, and Kayley Mizell, right, pose with Cougar mascot Kujo and one of their campers.
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Apropos of Thanksgiving, the Lakewood girls basketball team helped themselves as they gave back to the community, hosting a basketball fundamentals workshop at the high school Nov. 16.
The Cougar camp was open to kids in first- through seventh-grade and coached by the Lakewood varsity, JV and C teams. About 40 athletes turned out to hone their skills with the Cougar girls.##M{more]##
The youngest kids were coached by the C team, the middle group by JV, and the oldest by the varsity players.
A lot of this is almost for our kids to show how to teach the game rather than being taught the game, said Lakewood girls basketball coach Chris Walster.
Proceeds from the basketball camp help offset the cost of high school team camps at Gonzaga University or Western Washington for students who might otherwise be priced out of playing Lakewood basketball.
The fundamentals camp has the added benefit of building the Cougar fan base, both this year and in the future. Kids who participate in the camp are encouraged to cheer for their teenaged instructors on the basketball court.
We had two girls from the seventh-grade team who look like down the road theyll be great basketball players. Rachel Schwartz and Shannon Graves are both seventh-graders. Shannon Graves won an award for most overall hustle of the middle school group, Walster added.

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