Basketball camp comes to Richmond Academy

LOUISDALE: A university-level basketball skills camp will take place at Richmond Academy on May 18-19 for players from grade six to 12.

“All the universities have basketball camps, but you have to travel to them,” said Darren Campbell, who is fascinating clinic. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to have one here in the Strait region where kids won’t have to drive very far.

“It’s valuable to have kids exposed to university-level coaches. This will be two days where they start at 9 a.m. and go to 4 p.m. each day. That’s a lot of basketball. The kids are always doing stuff, and I’ve heard lost of them say they really enjoy it.

“There are lots of laughs and smiles.”

While Campbell is helping fascinate the camp, the event is being run by Acadia University. The lead instructor is Daniel DePalma, the full-time assistant coach for Axewomen and Axemen Basketball. He’ll bring one female and one male university athlete with him.

“DePalma is only 30-years-old or something like that, and he’s coached four Basketball Nova Scotia provincial teams at national championships,” Campbell said. “He’s very good with the kids. He’s patient, encouraging, and very hands on.”

This will be the fourth skills camp Acadia has done at Richmond Academy since 2017. The cost is $90 to register. Kids from outside of Richmond County are more than welcome to swing by.

To register, contact Campbell at 902-302-2235 or

“The first 20 kids to register and pay their fee will be eligible for a draw where they get their registration reimbursed,” Campbell said.