Rainbow Wahine Coaches Join Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp

University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine women’s basketball coaches will be among the special guest clinicians offering their expertise at the inaugural Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.

Panaewa Gym

Sponsored by the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hawai‘i Police Department’s HI-PAL Program, and the nonprofit Big Island All-Stars, the skill-development camp is open to boys and girls 9-17 years old. It will be held July 31 through August 3 in Hilo.

The camp will give local youth athletes and coaches the chance to work with NCAA Division 1 coaches, who in turn will be able to witness the island’s top basketball players perform live.

Joining the Wahine Rainbow coaches will be David Kaneshiro, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo head women’s basketball coach. More than a dozen other coaches have volunteered to help with the camp named in honor of former UH-Hilo basketball coach Jimmy Yagi.

Coaching spots are filling up fast. Those interested in volunteering at the camp are encouraged to call Darrell Yamamoto, a recreational specialist for the Department of Parks and Recreation, at 961-8735 or 938-2012.

Panaewa Park

Children 9-12 years old will attend daily skills clinics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new Pana’ewa Covered Play Courts and then scrimmage starting at 3:30 p.m. Teens will go to the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, where they will attend skills training from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. before taking to the courts at 3:30 p.m. to practice what they’ve learned. The camp will be run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the final day, Saturday, August 3.

The enrollment fee is $60 per child if registering before July 15. Late registrations will be $70 each. All participants will receive a camp T-shirt and group photograph.

Registration forms are available at the Department’s main office in Aupuni Center, West Hawai‘i Civic Center Parks & Recreation Office, and the Recreation office at 799 Pi‘ilani St. in Hilo, and online at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/. Checks should be made payable to the Big Island All-Stars and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

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