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Players giving back to the Miami Valley

By Jim Dabbelt

NOTE: The date and location is now finalized for this event.

For Carlisle High School graduate Alexis Murphy, she has a strong passion for the sport of basketball. Murphy is currently a junior at Nova Southeastern, a national power at the Division 2 level, but one thing is for sure… she hasn’t forgotten where she came from.

Murphy has created Hoops Through Life, a new camp that she will bring to the Dayton area this summer for girls in grades 6-12, which will bring together the chance to not only improve a players basketball skills, but much more including life lessons.  The camp will run from June 4-7 at Hamilton High School.

“I was brainstorming to give back to the girls of the Dayton area, and I decided that running a camp would be a great thing to do,” Murphy said. “I have worked one-on-one but wanted to give more.”

Joining the former Indians player is former CJ basketball players Raytea Long and Simonne Gage, both close friends and former AAU teammates of Murphy.

“They both demonstrate a lot that is close to my heart,” Murphy said.

“This is my life from here on out, I just want to give back, and want to help the community where I live.”

Murphy and the camp staff will be focusing on four main aspects of a players’ life in addition to teaching them basketball using a college type of atmosphere. The keys to the camp will be communication, wellness, community and heart. Each day a different format will be the focus.

“You can learn anything with good communication, it’s a two-way street,” Murphy said.  “Body language is important both on and off the court. We will also teach about the wellness of an athlete, both mental and physical, along with nutrition.”

“We will talk to the kids about the importance of giving back to the community like we are doing. It’s so much bigger than the game and the scoreboard. It shapes who you are.”

Joining Murphy on her camp staff in addition to Gage and Long are former area player Brooke Lewis and Lakota East graduate Molly Blomer.  Murphy also credits her college coach Brooklyn Kohlheim as a mentor to her. Steve Hutchison, her former AAU coach also has been a huge asset for Murphy.

Murphy expects the camp to grow to other areas after launching it in Dayton.

“I am confident that we can expand this to other areas,” Murphy said. “We want to get to know each camper.”

The camp is $260 per person for the four days, with the early bird special of $235 for early registrations until April 20.

You can read more about the camp and register by visiting here:  http://www.hoopthroughlife.co/#!maintenance/c66t.

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