Rockford All-Star Basketball camp back for 38th year

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) It's not every day you get to learn from a Hall of Famer. So when one comes back to the Stateline year-after-year to teach a basketball camp, it's probably a good idea to take advantage of that opportunity. Needless to say, many kids took that advice this week.

More than 150 participants on hand at Belvidere North for the 38th Annual Rockford All-Star Basketball Camp.

Dale Greenlee started the camp back in 1982. He is a Guilford graduate, a former Kansas Jayhawk, and a member of the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.

It's a chance for both boys and girls to learn the fundamentals of the game like dribbling, shooting, and defense.

"We're going to do break down drills for defense, rebounding, ball handling, passing, shooting," said Greenlee. "We do those every day, then build on those skills as the week progresses. We have campers that come year after year. We see them get taller, stronger, and more skilled. They really enjoy the week of camp and we love to have them here."

Campers like newcomer Olivia Johnson said they love to play basketball and think this camp is just what they needed.

"It's really fun and I like the activities we do. I like the drills and how we basically learn new things every day," said Johsnon. "I've learned how to dribble between my legs now and with two hands. Because I used to be really bad at using my left hand, but now I can use my left hand and both hands."

"I can trust them. They do really well with stuff and help us out a lot. They coach us really well."

The camp continues through Friday at Belvidere North from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted at a pro-rated cost.