As the weather heats up some Pine Belt youth are finding ways to avoid the sun, but there are options to stay active.
The Southern Miss basketball skills camp is running all week at Reed Green Coliseum for children ages nine through 18. USM head coach Doc Sadler explained what this week is all about.
"We want these kids to have a lot of fun. It's summer time. They need to be out here with new friends, meeting new friends and if they can do those two things and learn a little basketball then it's been a great week," Sadler said.
The camp focuses on multiple aspects of basketball and is open to all levels of athletic ability. Director Chris Croft organizes the day's activities and said the week is beneficial for everyone.
"Our players have just as much fun as the campers, getting to be around them and everything and I know they're getting to know those guys. We had a couple campers asking a while ago where a couple guys were. They were in class and they wanted to know where they're at (and said) 'I want them to coach our team today,'" Croft recalled.
Sophomore Keljin Blevins was one of several players free for the day and explained his role as a counselor.
"Just make sure you (are) a leader and always pay attention to what the kids are doing and critique them and make sure they're doing right and just be patient," Blevins said.
The Hot Springs, Ark., native hoped campers take away a lasting message.
"Don't never give up and don't just play with great goals, play for the love of the game and everything else will fall into place."