Free basketball camp tips off at Jasper church
by Zac Kennedy
Jun 23, 2010 | 1561 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adam Brewer, pastor of Glory Fellowship Baptist Church in Jasper, talks on Tuesday with participants of a basketball camp that will be held through Friday. - Photo By: James Phillips
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In an effort to get the ball rolling on Summer, Glory Fellowship Baptist Church is holding a free basketball camp this week for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade in the church's basketball gym, which also serves as its sanctuary.

The camp began Monday and will continue through Friday, a day in which kids are encouraged to invite their parents, as it is "Championship Day" and the kids will be showing off their finely tuned skills in small-sided games and dribbling drills.

Pastor Adam Brewer, a head coach of sorts, believes that basketball is a great way to reach the children of the community.

"We are using basketball as a different way to reach kids," Brewer said. "Half of the kids at the camp today are members, but the other half are kids we normally wouldn't have been able to share the Gospel with."

Brewer said that in an effort to reach the children of the community, Glory Fellowship will be holding its Vacation Bible School in July, while most area churches hold theirs in June. He said that the basketball camp would be a good outreach program for June.

Having played basketball at Prattville High School, Brewer wants to implement his talent and understanding of the game to reach local children.

"I believe that you should use your gifts for the Glory of God," he said. "We want to be creative and use the sport of basketball as a tool for the Gospel."

The children began the day with dribbling drills with a focus on technique. By the end of the session, the older players were competing in 5-on-5 games, while the younger children played games involving short range jump shots.

Deacon Eric Rigsby, another coach, is also enjoying the chance to reach the kids.

"Playing basketball is something that really relates to them," Rigsby said, adding, "Not only is it a good way to reach them, but it is a simple, effective way to open a door to share the Gospel."

Each day campers will tip off at 9 a.m. and the session will end at 11:30 a.m. Glory Fellowship is located on the Cordova Cutoff Road. For more information, call the church at (205) 387-0500.