Former RJUHSD member hosts successful basketball camp in PlacervilleBy: Cameron Salerno
Steve Williams has been doing this for awhile, 36 years to be exact.
Williams, who was a former board member of the Roseville Joint Union High School District, has hosted one of the most successful camps in the area for many years. Sly Park Basketball School, a hidden gem just past Placerville, has been host to this camp since the start.
“The school was founded with the idea of providing a place where players could get
better with the instructions and also to have fun,” Williams said.
Campers travel from throughout California to attend this basketball camp famously known around the area. Over the course of many years, this camp has hosted athletes who are current and former NBA, NFL and MLB players.
The camp runs during June and July, and the boys’ and girls’ camps are separated. The first few weeks featured the boys' camp, which headlined players from area high schools and most recently, the girls’ camp that concluded last week.
The players weren’t the only locals involved. Many area coaches attended the girls’ camp, including Granite Bay boys’ head coach Jason Sitterud, new Woodcreek head coach Drew Hibbs, Oakmont boys’ assistant coach Chance Peterson and Woodcreek girls’ assistant coach Tyson Maytanes.
“I’m very thankful for the support of the local coaches,” Williams said. “Some of the coaches have been coming to Sly Park for over 25 years, and because of that, it
has helped build our reputation as well as a place where kids can get better.”
Williams, who has hosted the camp since it started over 36 years ago also served as a member of the Roseville Joint Union High School District as assistant superintendent of personnel services. Williams served the district for 28 years before retiring last month.
Additionally, Williams was a basketball coach at Grant High School for 17 years, coaching the freshman and JV teams for five years and varsity for 12 years. The camp will continue for summers to come and Williams will devote full time to this camp now that he retired from the district.
“Having people continue to come back here proves that Sly Park has withstood the test of time and I hope we keep doing this for many years to come,” WIlliams said. “I’m very thankful and proud that next year will be our 37th year, and we have had nearly 14,500 kids attend this camp.”