Tewksbury offering basketball, Christian study at girls camp next week

Posted June 23, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.

When former University of Maine women’s basketball player Amanda Tewksbury was in high school, her family was going through some turmoil.

“I realized basketball wasn’t something that was going to get me through the difficult times in my life,” said Tewksbury. “So I pursued my faith.”

It worked and now she wants to share her two passions with others who could benefit.

Tewksbury is a staff member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and she will be directing an FCA basketball camp next week at Bangor Christian Schools.

It will be for girls ages 8-12 from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The fee is $75.

“This will be our first FCA camp in Maine this summer and it’s pretty exciting for me to be a part of it,” said Tewksbury. “We will have a good mix of basketball and the spiritual aspect as well. It will be a Christian-based camp, not denomination-based. Anyone (of any faith) is welcome.”

She said she hopes the camp will set the stage for future camps.

“I’d like to expand it to be much more than just a girls basketball camp. There are so many possibilities,” said Tewksbury.

Tewksbury attended a weeklong training seminar put on by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Kansas City in October and said to herself “we can do this in Maine.”

“And some people came on board to help me out. We’ve worked together on this for a while now. It has definitely been a process,” said Tewksbury.

Tewksbury will have four clinicians in newly named University of Maine director of women’s basketball operations Tracy Guerrette, who formerly played for the Black Bears and coached the women’s team at the University of Maine-Presque Isle; Sandy Thomas, former head basketball coach for Elite Eight Division II participant Indiana University (Pa.) and a former UMaine and University of Michigan assistant; Calvary Chapel of Orrington girls basketball coach Christy Leeman and former UMPI women’s basketball star Mindy Sullivan.

Tewksbury also said there will be six high school-aged girls who will serve as camp counselors.

Guerrette said athletics can serve as a “great platform to be a positive role model in the eyes of the kids. We will be using a platform of basketball to teach these young ladies more about their faith and how to incorporate it into their sport. I’m looking forward to it.”

There will be huddles which will be devoted to “exploring religion,” according to Tewksbury.

Tewksbury said those interested can register online at FCAcamps.org or just show up on Monday at 3.

Snacks will be provided but campers will need to bring a dinner on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a barbecue on Thursday.

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