Basketball camp develops Terrace athletes

A Terrace-raised UNBC Timberwolf is passing down his basketball skills to Terrace kids.

UNBC Timberwolf Marcus Mackay grew up in Terrace and came back Aug. 17-19 to help teach a kids basketball camp at Caledonia Secondary School. L-R are participants Kayla

A Terrace-raised UNBC Timberwolf is passing down his basketball skills to Terrace kids.

Shooting guard Marcus Mackay says he grew up in Terrace and attended the timberwolves basketball camps every year.

I’ve been in these camps since I was little… Coming full circle and coaching them is really special to me,” he said.

Mackay and Sergey Shchepotkin, former professional basketball player and UNBC Women’s Head Coach, ran the annual basketball camp in Terrace early last week.

The three-day camp drew 55 kids, who came to play ball and develop their skills.

I come here every year and learn lots of new stuff,” said Mackenzie, grade 8 participant.

It’s really fun. I like playing games and learning new drills.”

Grade 9 participant Nolan says he likes the drills and has developed his shooting and passing skills through the camp.

Timberwolves run the camp in Terrace because it is an important town in the north and “there are a lot of kids here with basketball traditions,” Sergey said.

The camps run annually throughout northern B.C. to strengthen basketball programs and athletes in the north.

Sergey says doing the camp every year, they plan get more and more kids into basketball.

As for how camp went this year, Sergey said it was perfect.

Kids are enjoying it, parents are happy. We are happy that parents and kids are happy,” he said.