Nike, local coaches partner for hoops camp at Arnold

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) The Marlin Athletic Center is noisy with the sound of bouncing basketballs this week thanks to a partnership between new Arnold boys coach Josh Laatsch.

Arnold's gym hosting Nike Skills Camp this week

Nike brings in coaches who specialize in these kinds of camps. For four days this week, they're getting help from Laatsch, Arnold girls coach Will Woolfe, and new South Walton boys coach Schafer Martin, among others. The camp sold out in its inaugural year with 54 kids of various ages signing up.

"The mission of this is to make sure these kids understand the importance of being a teammate, how important it is to work with other people," Laatsch said. "Another thing is, how are you going to develop your game when no one's looking? We're implementing skills that these kids can go in the driveway and work on themselves, where they don't have to be in a gym, for the passion and the love of the game they can work on the skills whenever they want."

Cam Dailey is the instructor from Nike running the show at the MAC this week.

"With us, it's trying to get each kid one percent better each day, so at the end of the week, we're four or five percent better," Dailey said. "The mission for us with all the kids here is to get them better. Teach the game of basketball and if they really love it, they'll learn something from here."

Laatsch has a personal history with these camps, instilling a desire to bring the camp to the Arnold campus early in his tenure as coach.

" I attended these camps when I was in 7th grade in Birmingham," he recalled. "I attended it, I worked it all the way through high school and college, and now I'm administering it here at Arnold High School and really excited to have these guys here at the beach!"

Due to the successful nature of the first camp, the Marlins coach is eyeing three or four camps next summer.

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