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Long line forms for summer basketball camp after a year without due to COVID-19

Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 5:38 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - The Midway ISD’s new head boys’ basketball coach is happy to be on the job and even more thrilled that kids are packing the gym this week for youth summer camp after the threat of COVID-19 canceled camps last summer.

Eric McDade says it’s exciting to host the summer camps, which started Monday morning and run through Thursday afternoon.

The check-in line Monday morning outside the Midway Gymnasium was hundreds deep with parents and kids.

“Unbelievable,” Coach McDade said.

“I’m just so excited to see all the kids and all the smiling faces and it’s just so liberating. There’s a sense of freedom just coming here and being ready for basketball and being around your friends and getting the summer started.”

McDade came to Midway from Southlake Carroll in April after coach Matt Brown resigned.

While he’s had a chance to work on campus for a few months, he said hosting something normal for kids again, like the summer camp, feels extra special.

“It does. Just to have the opportunity to work on the game that you love, to be around your friends and just do it in such a great place like Midway is just awesome,” McDade said.

The kids are happy campers after a year without basketball due to COVID-19.
The kids are happy campers after a year without basketball due to COVID-19.(Courtesy photo)

Brian Johnson brought his soon to be 5-year-old son, Luke, in for the camp and says it’s exciting for parents and kids.

“It has been great to get back to a more normal summer where kids can be kids and have camps and other events that allow them to stay active,” Johnson said.

And that was a feeling shared by campers, too.

Nine-year-old camper Hank Pegram says it’s the first basketball he’s played since COVID.

“I love basketball and haven’t got to play it in a year,” Hank said.

“I’m excited to see all my friends.”

Boys ages kindergarten through sixth grade are camping from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. while boys seventh through ninth grade are there from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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