Don’t just watch the Surge, hop on the hardwood and learn how to be pro! On Friday, July 12th and Sunday, July 14th, the Surge will be offering the experience of a lifetime in their Surge Skills Camps. Kids will have the opportunity to get on the court with the Surge players, learn invaluable skills to improve their basketball abilities, and create cherished memories.
The 2019 Surge feature some familiar faces. The Surge’s all-time leading scorer, Rebecca Harris, is still getting buckets. Second-leading scorer and rebounding queen, Jaleesa Butler, who’s been with the Surge as long as the team’s existed, is still an imposing presence. Kelsey McClure, Kristi Bellock, and Leti Lerma join them as returners. While there are five familiar and beloved faces still in Surge green, that means St. Louis has had the privilege of welcoming five new women to the team this year.
There are local legends, Nakiah Bell and Sydney Bauman, who starred together just down the road at SIUE. While Mikala McGhee ventured a bit farther for her collegiate career, she finds her name etched into St. Louis basketball lore as well, as she is Pattonville High’s career leader in points (1,647), rebounds (852) and steals (411). Marina Laramie, another new face, calls St. Louis home, too. Nici Gilday, meanwhile, has joined the team after a successful college career that has translated to a thriving worldwide basketball career that’s taken her to Switzerland and Puerto Rico.
The players aren’t the only change on the sidelines, as the Surge were lucky to welcome a new head coach to the bench this year. Duez Henderson was a four-year player at the University of Iowa and now serves as an assistant for the WashU Women’s Basketball Team. As the Surge’s head coach, he brings fire to the sideline and tremendous experience as a player and coach. He is assisted by Robert Kennedy, who played college ball for Murray State.
New and old, the 2019 Surge bring decades of experience in amateur, college, and professional basketball. This weekend, you will have the opportunity to absorb some of that wisdom.
On the 12th, the Surge will offer a session for boys and girls kindergarten through sixth grade from 9 am to 1 pm ($75). On the 14th, the session will run from 1 to 4 pm for boys and girls between grades 3 through 8 ($60). Both camps will be held at Fontbonne University. Attendees will not only have access to expert coaching from accomplished collegiate and professional basketball players, but will receive a VIP game ticket, access to a player meet and greet, player autographs, and a t-shirt.