black adidas jacket Junior basketball camp aims to build leadership in Halifax
Coming from humble upbringings in Kitchener, Ont., the six year international professional basketball player is the first to admit of a childhood absent of any sort of elaborate training formula.
dedication and determination were the only recipe for success out of his mid sized city and into the NCAA Division 1 ranks.
Now in the thick of a national basketball upswing and with his Adidas sponsored hoops program making its first impression in the Nova Scotia region with the Junior Phenom Camp at Citadel High School on April 7 the 29 year old could only stick to what he known.
going through six hours of basketball, we had the kids do a defensive drill as a group. We made them stay low and shuffle. It one of the harder ways to end a day of camp but no one gave up, Qahwash said.
were times when the kids were challenged but they reacted the right way and never gave up. It showed a tremendous amount of toughness. The camp was a lot of skill and character development and trying to build leadership skills for these guys on and off the court. unwavering desire for improvement is something Qahwash has embodied since taking the hardwood as a youngster.
The Ontario native earned a four year scholarship at Central Arkansas (NCAA Division 1) and then catapulted into the pros where he travelled to 60 countries free of charge and went toe to toe against former NBA greats Tracy McGrady,
Stephon Marbury and Gilbert Arenas to name a few.
Having secured a sponsorship deal with the massive multi national sportswear manufacturer Adidas, the basketball player turned entrepreneur spends most of his time nowadays scouring the country in search of the best Canadian prospects through his Top 40 Camp an identification showcase for the 40 best players in a specific province.
The Junior Phenom Camp is a branch off.
different in that it still meant to be an elite level camp and the kids are getting challenged everyday but it open to all kids while Top 40 is solely invitational, Qahwash said. that being said,
there was a high energy level and the kids were challenged. We planning on coming back next year again based on the great feedback. hundred grades 4 8 campers ranging from Truro to Cole Harbour packed Citadel gym over the weekend. Players were given personal Adidas socks and customized jerseys complete with their last names on the back.
think the high school strike even trickled down to the younger kids in the sense of not being able to see that excitement and a high level of basketball within the community can be tough, Qahwash said.
wanted to give them that because they deserve it and it obvious they love basketball here. Mailman president of the St. Margaret Bay Minor Basketball Association (SLAM) was grateful for the experience.
son was enrolled in the camp along with 10 15 of our kids from SLAM and the response was overwhelming positive. Not only did (my son) and his buddies have lots of fun but they did skill development drills and things they had never done before, Mailman said,
whose basketball organization has been in existence since 1999.
was in and out throughout the weekend but it definitely seemed organized and not chaotic for the age group he was dealing with and that a big thing . . . I definitely support Imad and his camps returning to Nova Scotia. weekend marked the first of three scheduled Junior Phenom Camps this summer the other two being held in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
With a Top 40 Camp set to go at Saint Mary University on June 9 the businessman is hoping to establish a long standing relationship within the region for both events.
was really impressed with the attitude of many of the kids here and that a credit to Basketball Nova Scotia and the coaches here for building the right basketball culture and positive attitude needed to succeed, Qahwash said.