Hairston to hold hoops camps
by John Bednarowski
sportseditor@mdjonline.com
June 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 1463 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The summer is when a basketball player earns his or her keep.

That work in the offseason is where the new aspects of the game are learned and put to memory. But sometimes a player still needs some help putting the new skills in place.

That’s where coach Darrell Hairston enters the picture. Hairston, who played five years of professional basketball in Italy, worked as a professional scout and coached the Atlanta Krunk in the Continental Basketball Association and later the Georgia Gwizzlies, wants to bring his knowledge of the game to the area’s players.

Hairston will host the 2014 D.H. Hoops Summer Camps at the new Riverside Epicenter in Austell.

“We just want to teach them how to play the game the right way,” said Hairston, who said the camps will focus on fundamentals and basketball IQ development. “We want them to have fun and learn.”

He said there will be two sessions. The first will run from June 23-26, and the second will be July 21-25.

The camps are open to boys and girls in Grades 3 through 10 and will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. Cost is $100 for each session.

“I love working with the kids and helping them with life itself,” Hairston said. “People like my father (William Hairston) and my brother (William Jr.) were role models in my life and they were there for me. They showed me the right way of doing things and this is my way of giving back.”

Hairston said the coaching staff joining him for the camps will include Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy’s Michael Reddick and Josh Mizack. Wheeler coach Doug Lipscomb is also expected to be a guest speaker during the week.

“Darrell is a tremendous coach,” said Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory on Hairston’s DH Hoops Basketball Programs website. “His wealth of experience and success in basketball has a great impact on young players in his DH Hoops program. Darrell has done an outstanding job with kids in the classroom, at school and in the gym. I have a great deal of respect for Darrell.”

For more information, contact Hairston at 678-668-5099 or at brookshalr428@yahoo.com.

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