Jeff Rodgers camp going strong in 32nd year

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The 32nd edition of the Jeff Rodgers Basketball Camp wraps up this week.

Once again, the week-long clinic featured several current and former National Basketball Association (NBA) players and other pro players.

Since 1987, Rodgers has staged the camp, which provides an opportunity for the young children to engage in some wholesome sporting activities during the summer months. At the same time, they get to develop their skills.

“Over the years, wherever I travel, either in Nassau or in the Family Islands, people always tell me about the experience their son or daughter had in attending the camp,” Rodgers said about this year’s camp. “So, it’s a lot to be thankful for and I won’t want to put a price tag on the benefits that have been derived from the camp.”

Charlotte Hornets guard Shelvin Mack and Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson were two of the NBA players that attended this year’s event.

Mack, who has traveled to Nassau for the camp the past five years, said that the kids participating this year are far more skilled than those in years past.

“It’s been great this year I feel like it’s been better than the previous year’s kids are actually starting to pay attention and focus,” Mack said. “It’s easy when you have guys like DeAndre Ayton coming from the Bahamas, giving kids the belief. So, they’re actually trying to get to it now.

Johnson added: “I was surprised as soon as I came in. Some of the handles on these kids are great. It’s just great to see how far the game has come, and for these kids to get the opportunity to play the game that they love or care about is beautiful.”

The camp’s annual celebrity game and Family Fun Night takes place tonight at Kendal Isaacs beginning at 7 p.m.