You might think big and tall when you think of professional basketball, but the Texas Legends are thinking small to spread the love of the sport with kids. The footprints on the hardwoods this summer will be a little smaller than you might expect. It’s all about the kids!
Programs for Little Legends
Youth Summer Camps
Parents are busy planning camps and summer activities for kids. The Texas Legends, in their eighth year of offering Youth Summer Camps for boys and girls between ages 6-14, have camps in Frisco, Allen, and Plano. They’ve added a fifth camp session this summer to accommodate climbing enrollment, which has increased to approximately 80-100 kids per camp.
Here’s a quick overview of the 2018 Youth Summer Camp schedule. Camps run from 8:30am – 3:30pm each day.
Session 1: June 18 – 21, Lifetime Fitness, Allen
Session 2: June 25 – 28, Baylor Scott and White Sports Performance Center at the Star
Session 3: July 16 – 19, Baylor Scott and White Sports Performance Center at the Star
Session 4: July 23 – 26, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Session 5: August 6 – 9, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Education and the Science of Basketball
Do you know what scientific principle allows a basketball to spin on your finger, or how to calculate shooting point percentages? At home games and throughout the year, the Legends educate Jr. Legends participants on the Science of Basketball. Innovation Row, presented by Raytheon, is a creative way to teach fans about the science, technology, and math behind the sport.
The Legends are about much more than the game of basketball. The organization plays an active role in the North Texas community by bringing fun and basketball to neighborhoods. Through the Texas Legends Community Clinic program, the Legends run clinics to promote health and wellness, good sportsmanship and a winning attitude. These clinics are hosted at a variety of locations, like after school programs, Salvation Army locations, community centers and recreation centers. The Legends hold these Community Clinics as a free enrichment opportunity to develop future leaders.
On a larger scale, kids can also participate in the NBA’s youth basketball program, the Jr. NBA. It’s a free, membership-based program for existing youth basketball organizations. Jr. NBA teaches boys and girls ages 6-14 about the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork. The program provides support at the grassroots level with the aim of sparking a lifelong passion for the game of basketball.
Dunker’s Kids Club
Kids Club members get a Kids Club T-Shirt, Texas Legends Stickers and access to exclusive Kids Club Events. Dunker’s Kids Club members who also are members of InTouch Credit Union are entered into a drawing to win amazing experiences, like lunch with a Texas Legends player and the chance to be head coach for a day. Imagine how much fun it would be for a child to get to help Coach MacKinnon run a practice and lead the team!