By Jim Hague
There aren’t many summer basketball camps that cater to the needs of girls only, but that’s what took place recently at Kearny High School, when Kearny High head coach Jody Hill conducted her annual girls-only camp for aspiring basketball players from ages 5 through 15.
“I think the most important reason for having the camp is to introduce girls to the sport of basketball,” said Hill, the former Harrison High and Pace University star who has been the head coach at Kearny for more than a decade. “A lot of these girls are being introduced to basketball for the very first time. We want them to learn about the sport and have fun at the same time. That’s the environment we set. We hope to heighten their interest and hopefully they will continue to play.”
More than 100 young ladies spent the week at Kearny High, learning about fundamentals while also having fun. Many of Hill’s former players, like recently graduated Janitza Aquino (the school’s all-time leading scorer) and former Rutgers-Newark standout Martyna Ruminska, served as counselors and role models for the youngsters.