JASPER — Basketball drills as well as discipline and structure were part of the lessons imparted last week at Michael Strickland’s basketball camp in Jasper.

The camp was held at the Hamilton County Courthouse Annex gymnasium.

The children learned the basics of basketball as well as the opportunity to learn life trainings from “Coach Strick,” also known as Michael Strickland, a 1992 Hamilton County High School graduate.

Coach Strick taught the children basketball drills as well as teaching discipline and structure, both applicable to basketball and life in general.

Strickland has been coaching since 2002, after he was able to attend Valencia Community College on a basketball scholarship after graduating in 1992.

The acronym that Coach Strick uses for his training, is an acronym made from his coach name “Strick,” which stands for Structure, Training, Respect, Improvement, Confidence and Knowledge. Strickland said he is a firm believer that if you don’t have these basics, it will be hard to succeed in the game and in life.

The children were also given tickets for a raffle at the very end of the camp, with more than 20 prizes given out.

Emily Lumpkin and Hamilton County School Board member Saul Speights were among the volunteers that helped the children get set up and ready for the camp.

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