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The University of Arkansas Cossatot hosted its first annual Youth Basketball Camp at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium from June 17-19.

Twenty-three youth from the first grade to the seventh grade participated in the camp.They participated in individual basketball drills, skills and games while also learning about the fundamentals of basketball. UA Cossatot's men's and women's basketball coach Brad Phillips led and directed the camp with the help of volunteer Colt players.

Jamarta Gilliam of Nashville, who will be on the men's basketball team this fall, volunteered as a camp counselor.

"My favorite thing about this basketball camp has been watching the kids have smiles on their faces," he said. "They have been having a lot of fun! They have all been working hard, and hard work pays off!"

Coulter Simmons of Lockesburg will be going into the eighth grade this year at Dierks..

"UA Cossatot has a great basketball coach," he said. "He has taught us a lot about basketball this week! It's nice to play in a gym that my parents have played in before. I'm glad the camp was at Lockesburg!"

The college plans to hold more youth basketball camps in the future.

"I thought the first Youth Basketball Camp went excellent," Phillips said. "I appreciate the 23 campers that came out. We would love to do more youth camps like this one and also host high school basketball camps as well."

For more information on UA Cossatot's basketball program and future basketball camps, e-mail Phillips at

— From UA Cossatot

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