It was important to allow our youth the opportunity to be the first to use the new space. It was even more important to have the first event reinforce our belief that we can overcome any obstacles in life by continuing to nurture the resiliency and confidence that has made us a proud and honorable nation.
The clinic was led by professional basketball players who have won numerous awards at every level of the game: state championships in high school while setting scoring and rebounding records, and All-Americans, league MVPs, and national champions in college and as professionals. However, they were quick to tell the youth their basketball accomplishments are secondary to developing the mental fortitude needed to excel in all aspects of life.
The ND42 camp organizers believe mental toughness is the measure of an individual’s resilience and belief that no matter what the circumstances they can overcome and have success in any physical, emotional, or professional challenge in life. Participants were encouraged to grow beyond their comfort zone, while seeking a breakthrough or gaining that extra edge to achieve excellence. The clinic also shared expertise in nutrition, meditation, fitness and overall wellness.
Our Pokagon youth had a great time at the camp while challenging themselves and their peers. They left physically exhausted from the basketball drills but with a renewed dedication to exemplify the bravery needed to face the challenges and difficulties of life. The success of the camp has prompted discussion of hosting the ND42 clinic in 2020. If you have a child entering 4-12 grade in the fall of next year and would like to learn more information about this opportunity, please contact a member of the Wellness Center.