The Coach Wootten Basketball Camp, under the direction of noted DeMatha High School coach Morgan Wootten and his son, O'Connell High School coach Joe Wootten, has renewed its contract with Frostburg State University, keeping the camp for boys between the ages of 9 and 18 in western Maryland through the summer of 2008.
The Wootten camp, serving more than 2,000 youths each summer over the course of the four weeklong camps, arrived on the FSU campus in 1999. Campers come from all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, and the campers' skills range from beginners to rising high school stars.
"This is just a fantastic place for a basketball camp. The facilities are awesome, the people are so nice to work with. They leave no stone unturned in trying to meet our needs," Morgan Wootten said. "The climate and location are beautiful, but the people make it so special. I've never found a finer facility in all the years I've been running camps." His first camp was in 1961, he said.
"You take a great facility and combine it with great people who are eager, not just willing, but eager to help, it makes a great situation for a camp. It's been growing every year. We're at total capacity now, 600 campers a week," Wootten said.
Wooten is the winningest coach in high school basketball, with more than 1,200 wins in his 45-year career. Elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, Wootten has helped more than 250 of his students earn full college scholarships.
"We are truly honored that Coach Wootten, who is the most revered and highly acclaimed high school basketball coach in the nation, has chosen FSU as the venue for his summer camps," said FSU President Catherine R. Gira. "We have enjoyed having these young people as guests on our campus. They bring a high degree of energy and vitality during their stay."
The goal of the Coach Wootten Basketball Camp is to help develop a well-rounded, complete basketball player. The philosophy is to instill in its students the fundamentals of the game along with a proper attitude toward it. The camps stress confidence, teamwork, effort and sportsmanship, which are important ingredients in achieving success not only on the court. but also with family, school and life.
The camp's staff consists of top college and high school coaches from all over the United States and abroad. For more information about the camp, visit the Web site at www.coachwootten.com.
Frostburg State University is a four-year, comprehensive public university in western Maryland. The University has served as the host site of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament for nearly 25 years. For more information about FSU, visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu.
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