BAR HARBOR — The Future Trojans Basketball Camp, set for July 13-17 at the Mount Desert Island YMCA, will include two recent alums of the MDI Trojan basketball program as coaches.
Megan Phelps, MDI class of 2011, graduated this year from Bowdoin College, where she played basketball for the Polar Bears. She is working this summer as a sports reporter for the Islander.
The other is Adam Gray, MDI class of 2013. Both were participants in Future Trojans Camp when they were younger and have coached teams for the Great Harbor Shoot-Out. Phelps heads to Regis College in Weston, Mass., later this year to be assistant basketball coach and pursue a master’s in communications.
The camp also will feature instruction from MDI varsity boys’ Coach Justin Norwood, UMaine basketball Coach Skip Chapelle, former Colby basketball Coach Dick Whitmore and Hampden Academy Coach Russ Bartlett.
“This is definitely something that has helped build our high school program,” Norwood said. “It’s good to get the kids in the community involved. The group of rising juniors I have now, they were the first group of kids that could come to camp as third graders. We get to watch them grow up, and now they’re running out on the court to ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at high school games.”
The camp is a reincarnation of the K.C. Jones – legendary Celtics Coach – camp and has served the island community for roughly 20 years. It’s now a collaborative effort between the Neighborhood House, YMCA, Harbor House and the Acadian Youth Sports (AYS) League. It is comprised of two sessions, one for children entering grades 2-6 from 9-11 a.m. and one for kids entering grades 7-9 from 12-3 p.m.
Camp administrator Andy Shea of Bar Harbor attributed much of the success to the camp staff and the focus on giving back. “Justin is really good with the kids. He’s fully committed to basketball on the island. One, it’s a really good camp. The quality is good. Two, we do this circle of life thing, with kids going to camp and then coming back as coaches, who all the new campers look up to. Then you throw in Justin who does such a nice job, and you’ve got a great thing.”
Ocean Properties has been a primary sponsor of the camp for many years, Shea said. “Their sponsorship allows us to keep the price low, pays for all the camp shirts for players and coaches, and covers scholarships so that anyone can participate no matter their financial situation.”
In the past, proceeds from the camp went towards a basketball focused improvement project somewhere on the island. Two years ago camp proceeds helped revamp the basketball courts at the Bar Harbor athletic fields, including new paint and backboards. In the future, the camp hopes to connect with the AYS to help with the mission of creating great youth sports on the island.
Registration is available at each of the local community centers mentioned above. Contact Andy Shea at [email protected].