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Georgia Sting brings in basketball camp

Posted: August 26, 2012 - 12:08am

For a long time, girls basketball in Columbia County seemed to lag behind other counties in the two-state area. That all began to change during Greenbrier High School’s tremendous run in the mid- 2000s. Led by four-year starter Michelle Swiec at point guard, the ’Pack advanced deep into the Georgia High School Association playoffs, something that was unheard of in Columbia County.

Another player on those teams was Brooke Jackson. She was a dependable off-guard and terrific all-around player. At the time, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) summer programs were huge for the boys but still relatively new for girls. Brooke’s father, Billy Jackson, made it his mission to change that.

Jackson, owner of The Tile Center, created the Georgia Sting, an AAU team that allowed area girls to play together almost year-round.

The Sting now offers multiple teams in a variety of age groups.

Jackson was looking for a way to improve certain aspects of the girls game in his program. He wanted them to become better shooters. After some digging, one company kept coming up: the Pro Shot System, offered by Pro Shot National Shooting and Scoring Camp. The company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is used by thousands of high school, collegiate and even pro players. There are several college coaches, of men’s and women’s teams, who swear by the system. It is used by big-time programs such as Syracuse and Arizona State.

Jackson has secured two camps in Columbia County this week. This is an incredible chance for girls player in the area. The camps are open to all area girls who would like to shoot quicker and more accurately.

Those wishing to attend must register at www.georgiasting.com but can pay at the door. The camps will be held at Patriots Park and cost $75.

IF YOU GO

What: Pro Shot basketball camp

When: 5:30-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for second- to seventh-graders; 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, eighth-12th graders

Where: Patriots Park gym

Cost: $75

More: Register at www.georgiasting.com

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