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You Gotta Believe It: Basketball Camp Heading Outdoors Next Week

WOODBURY – When life brings you lemons, make lemonade.

Construction and maintenance work left You Gotta Believe basketball camp without a place to hold court, so camp owner and founder Bret Nichols brought the game outdoors.

The basketball camp for boys and girls entering grades 2-9 is being held this week in the Woodbury Middle School parking lot. And next week, with none of the school gyms available for use, You Gotta Believe basketball camp will held at Hollow Park.

Nichols has outdoor courts set up at Woodbury Middle School. Once camp ends this week, those stations, backboards, and hoops will be moved to the Hollow Park basketball court.

It’s not the first time Nichols has held a basketball camp outdoors, so he and his staff will be prepared. But with Nonnewaug High School closed for construction and the gym floors being resurfaced at Woodbury Middle School and Mitchell Elementary School, it’s an outdoor first for Woodbury.

Without the restraints of four walls and a roof, it also means Nichols can open slots for more campers to attend the camp the week of August 6-10. Parents who would still like to register their sons and daughters can register at or at

Camp is from 8 a.m. to noon. Extended camp time is available both weeks from noon until 2:45 p.m., and there will be an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on August 10.

Now in its 19th year, YGB Basketball Camps provide development of basketball fundamentals and competitive games; daily contests, prizes, and give-a-ways for each camper; an award ceremony on final day of camp; and a fully insured, safe environment for boys and girls entering grades 2-9.

“We take great pride in not only creating better players, but better people,” Nichols said.

Nichols is a youth basketball coach in Woodbury. He is also a former professional basketball player who played in Ireland, England, and against the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters as player/coach of the New York Nationals, author and motivational speaker.

Nichols also has three coaches with ties to Nonnewaug on his staff for next week’s camp. Liam Anderson will be entering his sophomore year at Nonnewaug, and Jacob Matta and Peter Rickenbach are former captains of the Chiefs basketball team.

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