Saturday, July 6, 2019 || By Shanel Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Young people participate in Four Point Play’s free basketball skills clinic at Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park last month. | Shanel Romain
The organizers of a free basketball skills clinic held at Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park on June 22 sought to help young people hone more than jump shots.
“We wanted to do a free basketball camp for youth in Proviso,” said Andre Lodree, the executive director of Four Point Play, Inc., a nonprofit that he founded in 2013 that’s designed to fortify young people’s “mind, body [and] spirit through sports,” according to its website.
Lodree knows about merging those aspects of a life. A former basketball standout at Triton College who is currently the junior varsity basketball coach at Walther, Lodree also has a bachelor’s degree in theology.
He said that his camp, which served boys and girls in 3rd through 8th grades, takes a holistic approach to training.
“The four point play references the basketball fundamentals– shooting, defense, passing and dribbling — but it also covers your mind, body, spirit and soul,” he said.
Andre Lodree, the executive director of Four Point Play, said that he focuses on developing body, mind and soul. | Shanel Romain
K.C. Davis, 10, travelled all the way from Chicago’s Bronzeville community to take part in the camp.
“My dad was looking for basketball camps and found this one,” he said. “I’m learning that if you’re on defense, you should never let your heels touch the ground, because people can dribble right past you very easily and you may trip.”
One of the sticking points for Davis’s father could have been that the camp is free.
Lodree said that his organization — which he runs with his wife, operations director Candice Lodree, and Jeffrey Harris, the program’s youth sports facilitator — is intentionally affordable, even when they charge.
Jeffrey Harris, Candice Lodree, and Andre Lodree during Four Point Play’s free basketball skills camp at Walther Christian Academy last month. | Shanel Romain
“We’re going to host another camp on July 13, July 20 and July 27,” Lodree said. “The costs are reasonable. Everything we do is affordable. Other camps can be around $150. Ours is $40. We just want to encourage kids to get out and be active — have an active life.”
For more info on Four Point Play, click here. VFP
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