The third annual S.O.A.R basketball camp was held at Hanahan High School this week and the message pushed by camp director Pieter Smits is clear.
“It’s about trying to soar above and beyond,” said Smits, the HHS boys basketball coach. “I always say you can get more out of yourself if you push yourself. S is for strength. You’ve to be mentally and physically strong. O is for overachieve. A is for academics.You’ve got to do well in school. R is for respect. You’ve got to make sure you respect yourself, your parents, your teammates and the game.”
The size of the camp this summer was similar to the previous two years. The energy level in the gym on Monday was good. It concluded with a game that came down to the final seconds and one team held on for a one-point victory after the other squad missed a shot at the horn.
“I love having this camp every summer,” Smits said. “As part of the basics of building our program, I knew we had to get to the younger kids… And it’s fun to get out here and let them play some basketball.”
Last winter, Smits and the Hawks tied for the Region 8-AAA championship and advanced to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. This upcoming season, they bring back three starters.
“Ever since I’ve been here, the goal has been to just get a little bit better every day,” Smits said. “That’s kind of what we’ve done each season. It’s important to keep these younger kids going.”
Hanahan players also assisted in the camp.