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By SAM YOCUM, age 9
For the second year in a row, my dad and I went to Coach Cal’s Father and Son Camp. It is our new Father’s Day tradition. My sister had a summer league basketball game, so we didn’t get to camp until about 2:45. We went through all of the registration stuff , like getting our room. Our room was on the 17th floor of Kirwan Tower. We had a view of the new track, the baseball field, and the practice football field. After we put our stuff away, it was time for autographs.
Because we had been there last year, we knew we had start with getting our picture with Coach Cal and the championship trophy. I had gotten my picture with the trophy when Cal brought it to Frankfort but this time was much cooler. I made sure that I took my “No One Gr8ter” Hat to get autographed. Cal signed it before we took our picture with the trophy. I then got Coach Robic to sign my hat and he told us some players would be there soon.
I was the first one to see Ryan Harrow and got his autograph. I got autographs from Jarrod Polson, Brian Long and Twany Beckham. My dad spotted Jon Hood, so we got his autograph. We talked to him about our friend, J.T. Riddle that plays on the U.K. baseball team. They bowl together and hang out. At dinner before our first session, I got Perry Stevenson’s autograph. I have actually played Wii with Perry in my living room when he worked for my dad, so it was cool to catch up with him.
We went to our first session and we were in the yellow group. Coach Rod Strickland was our coach, along with Brian Long and some of the managers. We did drills and had competitions against each other. Coach Cal talked to us a little bit and Mr. Butler from the compliance office talked to us about NCAA rules. After our session, we had pizza and got to watch the players scrimmage. Because of NCAA rules, all of the coaches had to leave, so it was just the campers and players in the gym.
The scrimmage was awesome. Alex Poythress hit his first 7 or 8 shots. Archie Goodwin and Ryan Harrow having some amazing hops. Willie Cauley-Stein can really run. Jon Hood looked good too. Nerlens Noel wasn’t there yet. Coach Robic had told us that Kyle Wiltjer was at his sister’s wedding. I think Ryan Harrow and Nerlens Noel will be my new favorite players.
On Saturday we got to go to Memorial Coliseum for our workouts. We did drills and had more competitions. Most of the dads were moving really slowly. It was funny. When we were done, Coach Strickland took us on a tour of the locker room. Dad took my picture sitting on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s and Anthony Davis’s stools by their lockers!
We had our afternoon session in the Johnson Center and it was nice. Dad and I did really well in the competitions. Dad let me do all of the shooting. Some dads didn’t let their kids do anything. You didn’t win anything but a trophy, but oh well. Dad talked to Coach Cal for a long time about where an Orange Leaf needs to go in Frankfort. Mom said we had to find out when was coming.
We had our closing stuff and Coach Cal talked to us for about 30 minutes. He talked to us about how the team sacrificed and played for each other and not themselves. He told us how all 6 of the players will be drafted. It was really cool.
I can’t wait until next year for camp again. It’s a great way for my dad and I to get to do something together. I love my dad for taking me every year.