Kobe Bryant hosts the eighth annual Kobe Basketball Academy in Santa Barbara this week.
Who wouldn’t want to learn the Kobe System? For some basketball hopefuls, they might get a glimpse of it, as well as of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.
Bryant hosts the eighth-annual Kobe Basketball Academy http://kobeacademy.com/ for boys and girls ages 8 to 18 this week (July 9-13). Bryant has already touched down back in Los Angeles following his trip to the FIFA World Cup and makes his way to UC Santa Barbara to kick things off tomorrow.
Thanks to the camp, Bryant gets a brief break from the media attention surrounding the free agency frenzy. Bryant was recently spotted playing a pick-up game at UCLA with Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love and NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony. With the roster wide open in Los Angeles, Bryant has reached out to Anthony about signing with the Lakers.
Luckily for Bryant, with rumors and reports aside, he is able to spend time with young basketball hopefuls who are eager to learn. For five days, players have the opportunity to take part in a camp that was personally designed by Bryant and his experienced coaching staff.
With the camp just a day away players are excited to work on their game, and some of them can’t wait.
“Packing all my things for #KobeAcademy. I can’t wait,” tweets @Sara_Bryant. “Got the schedule for the Kobe camp today.”
Players get a chance for one-on-one interaction with Bryant at the academy. Bryant, along with his staff, teaches players different techniques and focuses on the five fundamentals of basketball. Players learn the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, rebounding, passing and defense. The camp also focuses on the flex offense, the Princeton offense and the triangle offense.
However, basketball skills are not the only thing these young players walk away with. During the five-day academy, campers hear from motivational speakers who discuss different topics affecting young teens, including bullying and building self-confidence.
Kids from around the world travel to attend Bryant’s basketball academy to hopefully get a good understanding of Bryant’s work ethic. For campers that can’t make it this year, they took to social media, posting photos of their experience from last year’s Kobe Academy.
“My lil sister with Kobe Bryant at KBA12 #KobeAcademy #MambaFamily,” tweets @RefrshDonovan.
When the camp concludes. I’m sure campers walk away with plenty of memories. Bryant hosts a picture day with each team at the camp, as well as an autograph session, so they will each have a concrete memento of their time at the academy.