GYPSUM — Several local basketball stars and coaches are hosting their ninth annual No Off Days Basketball Academy.
Former Division 1 standout Jon Kedrowski and college coach Bob Pietrack launched the camp almost a decade ago
“We started the camp almost a decade ago to help give back some of what the valley gave to all of us,” Kedrowski said.
They teach some basketball, some life skills and what it’s like to be part of a team, Kedrowski said.
“It’s about camaraderie that basketball brings,” Kedrowski said.
Coach Phil Cain, for example, will be there. Cain coaches in Grand Junction and led that Eagle Valley team with Pietrack, Kedrowski and Jim Bair on its run to the state tournament. Bair is the current Eagle Valley coach.
Kedrowski played his college basketball at Valparaiso University in Indiana and played in the NCAA’s March Madness tournament every year he was at Valpo.
Some of his Valpo teammates will be at NOD. Some of those teammates will be bringing their children to the NOD basketball camp.
“Every year we try to bring guys to mix things up and keep the camp fresh,” Kedrowski said.
The coaching core, Kedrowski, Pietrack and Sarah Brubeck — all Eagle Valley grads — are all back.
All the money from the basketball academy funds two NOD Everest Scholarships for graduating high school seniors who are attending college. They’ve awarded the scholarships for five consecutive years.
Kedrowski is an accomplished mountaineer. His heroic work on Mount Everest saved lives on one of that mountain’s deadliest days.
That climb and his book “Sleeping the Summits” have been the subject of an extensive speaking and author tour. He also works with schools and youth organizations across the state.
Pietrack is Fort Lewis men’s basketball associate head coach and has helped the Skyhawks become one of the country’s top NCAA Division 2 men’s programs.
“We encourage the kids and the community to come out and be a part of our continuing tradition in the Eagle Valley,” Pietrack said. “We consider it a privilege to return to our hometowns to provide the best individual basketball instruction available on Colorado’s Western Slope.”
Archibeque, at 6 foot 10 inches, plays professionally in Europe, and was the Republic of Georgia’s 2012-13 league MVP. He will spend extra time working with post players.
The NOD. Basketball Academy features offensive and defensive basketball fundamentals taught by coaches from the from the professional, college and high school ranks.
Players will also learn education, goal setting, discipline, and teamwork from successful coaches, former players, and active professionals.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.