ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) The Rockford Park District held its annual Elite Girls Basketball Camp at the UW Health Sports Factory on Saturday.
For the second year in a row, seven time WNBA All-Star Cappie Pondexter returned to the Forest City for the camp. But she did not come alone. With the help of Chicago Sky point guard Linnae Harper, the two were special instructors for the all girls basketball camp.
Dozens of girls ranging in ages from 8-17 took part in the day long event. The pros and local coaches put the girls through drills to work on specific skills.
Pondexter said she remembered some of the girls and was excited to see their games grow. However, the one thing everyone took away from the camp, learning how to handle adversity.
"You have to work hard in order to get what you want. That's what everyone here did," said Auburn freshman Brooklyn Gray. "Everybody worked hard, everybody pushed through, and I think we've all accomplished something today."
Harper added to that sentiment.
"They're going to face obstacles. Just being mentally tough, you know, fighting through anything that they may face," said Harper. "Just not giving up. Trust the process and know that all the hard work that they've put in, in due time it will pay off."
Pondexter was impressed with how many girls came out for the long day of workouts.
"To see the turnout today, to know that these girls want to get better, they want to be in the gym for an extended period of time, it's great." said Pondexter. "It's great news for us because that means we're moving in the right direction."