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Lincoln Native Summer Basketball Camps

Emma King’s timing worked to give her rare summer basketball experience.

Coach John Calipari has contacted British women’s coach Kyra Elzy for players who might want to work his father/daughter basketball camps in Kentucky.

“He told her he wanted to take care of the women’s team,” said King, a junior from Lincoln County.

She was the only British player available on the first weekend of the camp and was joined on the second weekend by Harlan County senior Blair Green.

“It was really fun. A lot of the dads were more excited about camp than the little girls,” King said. “But the girls were as sweet as they could get.”

The Calipari players also worked on the camps as they did others that Calipari/UK set up this summer. King said she already knew several players and spoke to most of them before camp.

“It was nice to be able to see them in that setting and how they interacted with the kids. It was fun to watch,” King said. “I had a great time hosting stations and talking to kids during breaks to get to know them better.

“Blair and I were just trying to go out of our way to talk to the girls and make them feel welcome. We both really enjoyed our time with the little girls who were mostly between 6 and 10 years old. They were so cute and so much fun. They just wanted to play basketball and have fun.

King did not attend summer basketball camps because she did not start playing basketball until fifth grade.

“I just did AAU basketball all summer. I never really had time to think about going to camps, so I’m glad I got to work in those camps,” she said.

She will be working more camps soon. The Kentucky women’s team will hold “Give Back” clinics on July 14 at Pikeville High School, July 15 at Sacred Heart High School in Louisville, July 19 at Rocky Hollow Park in Somerset and July 31 at Oldham County High School .

“It will be a great opportunity for us to work with kids from across the state who couldn’t make it to Lexington,” King said.

She shared the clinic’s information on Facebook in hopes of securing a large Lincoln County contingent at the Somerset clinic.

“I hope all my folks back home will bring their kids,” King said. “Lincoln County always has a great turnout of kids at the camps there and hopefully a big name like Kentucky basketball will bring out a lot of kids. All the players go to the camps, as do all the coaches. »

King even hopes that she will have the chance to work at the Calipari camp again next summer.

“It was the first time he used female players. He saw how successful it was and apparently got tons of emails saying how much the girls enjoyed having us there because they could relate to us and enjoy spending time with us,” King said. “I think it’s something he (Calipari) has already mentioned to keep us coming back.”

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