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Overseen by coach Mark Felix (standing by tree with red clipboard), participants in the 2013 Westside Basketball Skills Camp play separate half-court games on the outside court at the Westside Community Center.
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Free basketball camp for middle-schoolers returns to Westside Community Center

       A free, three-day basketball camp for middle-school-age boys and girls will be offered for the second straight summer at the Westside Community Center.
       The dates are Monday through Wednesday, July 21-23. Activities will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., led again this year by Mark Felix, a health and physical education teacher at Coronado High School and former UCCS basketball coach.
       Sign-ups are being taken now and will be capped at 20, according to Bill Morr, the Westside Community Center's operations manager.
       Camp participants will receive a free T-shirt and basketball. In addition, because the center is part of School District 11's summer meals program, free breakfasts and lunches will be available each day, Morr pointed out.
       Like last summer, the camp will use the center's outdoor basketball court. The indoor gym, built when the facility was the Buena Vista school, has too low of a ceiling for middle-school basketballers. Playing outside “works all right, if the weather is good,” Morr said.
       In any case, he chuckled, “The price is right.”
       Last year's camp consisted of 16 youths, ranging from beginners to intermediates, Felix said at the time, adding that he was impressed with their enthusiasm and improvement.
       For more information, go to the center at 1628 W. Bijou St. (entrance in the back) or call 385-7920 x100.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 7/3/14; Community: Westside Community Center)

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