Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé girls basketball program will host a girls basketball clinic Friday through Sunday featuring guest instructor and former Crimson Bears player Kendyl Carson. Carson, a 2020 JDHS graduate, is now a starting guard and team captain at Pepperdine University.
“I’m super excited to get back into the gym in my home town,” Carson said. “I think the main purpose of coming back and doing the camp is, one, I want to give back to the community because I was once a camper waiting for Carlos Boozer or Talisa Rhea or somebody who made it out to come back and do a camp and show me what they learned. I think my main focus is to bring back what I’ve learned the last few years… especially inspire that you can do whatever you want. I have set myself up for success so far using basketball… and being able to learn life skills through the game…. From my experience it is more than a game of basketball. From the outside perspective it is about the community you bring in, school especially is a big part of it. The inside perspective of basketball you learn about taking care of your body. I’m getting old. You have to learn to take care of your body, the proper warms up and dynamics… there are a lot of days where it is just going in and shooting, working on your craft and listening to your body. The weight room is super important. I want to be able to give them more resources on taking care of their bodies so they don't ache like me at my young age…”
The clinic will be held at the Marie Drake gymnasium, located between JDHS and Harborview Elementary School, at 1255 Glacier Avenue.
The clinic will feature two sessions per day. Session one runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is for kindergarten through sixth grade. Session two runs from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. and is for grades seven to 12.
Cost is $50 per athlete for all three days. Payment can be made by check or cash at the camp the first day. Checks should be made out to JDHS Girls Basketball.
“JDHS girls basketball is honored at the opportunity to have a high level athletic alumni back in town,” JDHS girls head coach Tanya Nizich said. “We know she is excited to work with our Juneau youth.”
Carson is ready for some serious court instruction and will be around the courts for another week after the camp looking for some competition.
“I have my ball and pump in my bag and some bands but nothing too crazy,” she said. “I should have everything at the house… nothing has changed since high school, literally nothing. You bring your own stuff and you keep it pushing… on to the next, go hoop somewhere else…”
Carson said Pepperdine is ready to make a championship run this season.
“We had four new freshmen come in and two grad transfers,” she said. “The whole dynamic of the summer is we have been going at it. We’ve been grinding. We’ve been doing over eight hours of basketball a week, with conditioning and weights…”
Carson said she has added extra duties to her captain position.
“I’ve got two years under my belt at Pepperdine,” she said. “I want to be able to help the new players through this experience as much as the older players helped me, so I have stepped into a new role of teaching…”