Penticton grad gives back by instructing hoop camp

Coaching the boys’ session for the Penticton Basketball camp is a way of giving back for Gordie Herbert.

Coaching the boys’ session for the Penticton Basketball camp is a way of giving back for Gordie Herbert.

While the camp didn’t exist when Herbert was in Penticton, the Pen High grad is back in his hometown instructing basketball players on the fundamentals July 29 to Aug. 1. Herbert, who played professionally in Finland, said in an email he looks to improve the players’ skill. While doing that, he will also show them the European style, especially when it comes to spacing and angles.

“I want the kids to go away with a plan on self-improvement,” said Herbert, who was an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors for one season. “I hope the kids have a great experience.”

Herbert said the main thing he gained while at basketball camps were competitiveness and fundamentals.  Bruce Langford, coach of the SFU Clan women’s team, is returning Aug. 12 to 15 for his 10th consecutive girls camp. While at SFU, Langford led his team to a Canadian University record five championships.  He also had two seasons which his Clan went undefeated.  He was named CIS National coach of the year three times. To register for the camp, visit http://www.members.shaw.ca/flfedorak/index.html.