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Local youths involved in basketball camp at UMFK

July 2, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent has just concluded a week long program held at the UMFK SportCenter which helped to excite area children about basketball.

The approximately 40 participants were separated into age groups, and worked on basketball skills as well as teamwork.

Eric Werntgen, assistant athletic director, head women's soccer coach and head men's basketball coach spearheaded the program, and was very pleased with the outcome.

"UMFK is extremely proud to host Bengal Basketball Camp this summer for area children in grades K-8. It is amazing to see campers work together and improve throughout the duration of the camp. It is nice to see so many young people excited about basketball. The camp was a great success and we look forward to running it again each summer here at UMFK," said Werntgen.

Everyone involved in the program had a positive experience to tell about the week long camp and hopes to see it continue for years to come.

Brenda Pelletier, mother of one of the children involved in the camp has only good things to say about her daughters' week at the camp.

"Since we live in Eagle Lake this is a great chance for her to get to know the kids from the Fort Kent area better. There are not a lot of kids in Eagle Lake in her age group so this helps her build her skill level with the other kids. She is a social butterfly and this is a great place for her to socialize with other children her age," said Pelletier.

The children themselves were the greatest example of the success of the camp.

Jared Soucy a participant in the camp said "I really like it. It is a lot of fun. A lot of the kids here I knew of before, but I didn't really "know-know" them, but now I have gotten to know them really well."

Many of UMFK's current athletes felt the pull to participate in this rewarding program.

"I think that this basketball camp is a good way for UMFK athletes to give back to a community that has been so supportive of them in the past," remarked Ashley Hichborn, a UMFK Lady Bengal basketball player from Carmel, Maine, that volunteered her time as a coach for the camp.

UMFK will be hosting a similar soccer camp in the weeks to come, which should be just as successful as this one.

For more information contact Eric Werntgen at (207) 834-7828 or by email at werntgen@maine.edu.