Legacy Athletics holds summer basketball camp

by | July 23, 2018 3:40 pm

Seven years ago, Jason Winningham had an idea to start a non-profit organization called Legacy Athletics. At that time, Winningham was working in Louisiana with local high school, college, and professional level players who wanted to work on increasing their overall skill sets.

Over the last couple of years, Legacy has seen steady growth from where it started with just a few elementary kids.

This past week, Winningham held his annual three-day camp at the old White County Middle School gymnasium. Last year, there were 80 youth in attendance from several counties, including White, Van Buren, DeKalb, Putnam, Overton, and Cumberland counties. This year, Winningham had 107 youth who ranged from kindergarten through 12th grade. There were a total of 18 schools and eight different high schools in attendance at the camp.

This year, Winningham brought in Lynus Martin and Anthony Lippe to help run the camp.

When asked why he holds the camp Winningham said, “I usually try to have one camp in Sparta every summer. I’ve always just tried to teach kids how they need to work out and train to excel. I try to pass that on in my camps, and hopefully they are developing that work ethic that will help them succeed. I really love seeing all the kids that consistently trains with me develop that bond and friendship. Kids from rival schools that sweat it out together several times a week and they end up becoming part of a small family with the same goal. However, there is nothing special about our camps, and we just put in a lot of hard work and sweat.”

Winningham also explained what he does with the kids at the camp.

“The camps are very similar to my weekly small group training sessions,” he said. “However, we there are a lot more thrown into it with a longer time frame. It has been fun the last few years watching all these young kids grow and develop as players.”

Winningham now plans on taking the rest of July off but will pick back up with his group sessions Aug. 1. He will have training sessions six days a week, with a complete offseason program. He will offer skills sessions, shooting sessions, and a basketball performance session several times a week that also includes speed and agility training.

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