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Basketball Legend Ralph Sampson Attends BC Basketball Summer Camp

UVA Basketball Legend, Ralph Sampson, visits and instructs at Bluefield College Boys Basketball Summer Camp this week.

Sports Information Department BC

June 29, 2011

Three-time NCAA Player of the Year and one-time NBA Rookie of the Year Ralph Sampson was a guest instructor at Bluefield College’s boys’ basketball camp, Tuesday, June 28 in the Dome Gymnasium on the BC campus. The 7’4” phenom, who led the University of Virginia to an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1981 and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 1983, spoke to the campers about motivation (M), attitude (A) and planning (P) -- a MAP to success. 


Sampson talks to campers

 

The Boys Basketball Camp is annual summer camp put on by the Bluefield College Men's Basketball Coaching Staff that offers a week-long high intensity skills training environment for severall different age groups. This year, the staff was able to boost the overall level of the camp by bringing in one of the greatest to ever play the college game. 

 

“Coach Morgan and I have been taught by some of the best, and if we can pass along some of the things we learned to the kids at this camp, most importantly how to succeed off the court, as well as on, then we’ve accomplished something," commented Ralph Sampson on what he hopes to share with the campers. 

 

On his first ever trip to the campus of Bluefield College, Sampson was thrilled on being able to take part as a guest instructor for the camp. “Coach Morgan and I go way back, and I know he’s a good guy, and he runs a good program. He’s got a good heart, and he does the right things and wants the best for his players.” 

Morgan (L) and Sampson (R( taking time to meet with local sports media

 

Sampson spoke as highly of graduating and the relationships with coaches and teammates at UVA as he did about on-the-court accolades. This was his first trip ever to Bluefield College. Since his basketball career is over, he spends his time giving and working with kids through his foundation. 

 

The relationship Coach Morgan and Sampson have had since playing collegiate basketball in Charlottesville is long-lasting. And will continue to grow as both individuals look to contribute to the development of youth basketball in a variety of ways. Coach Morgan understands the idea, and its

one of many reasons why he invited Sampson to Bluefield on Tuesday.

 

“This gives these kids a blueprint of the kind of guy you want to be. Ralph’s accolades on the court are unbelievable – NBA All-Star and Hall of Fame, College Basketball Hall of Fame, NBA Rookie of the Year, three-time College Basketball Player of the Year. But, his contributions off the court in his community are equally impressive. He’s a great player and a great role model for the kids.”

Campers engaged in days' activities

 

While the individual camp will wrap up this week, the BC Basketball Coaching Staff will be hosting another event a few weeks away. Information is below for those who are interested in still signing up for the camp. 

 

Camp for Champs - All Sports Camp

July 11-14, Monday – Thursday 9am-3pm

Boys and Girls ages 5-14

Location: Dome Gymnasium 

Comments:

Chris

What an awesome opportunity for local kids, to participate in a basketball camp with a college basketball legend.

Leslie(Campbell)Marsh

This has to be a very exciting adventure for the kids and I am glad that Ralph was able to come down to Bluefield. He was my arch high school rival, Harrisonburg had Ralph and we had Big Mike Madden. It was an exciting time. I graduated from Lee High in Staunton. He sure was an outstanding basketball player! Great job Ralph!

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