When you think of summer camp, you may picture zip lines and canoe rides, but how about a wellness program that helps get children in tip-top shape? That's what the Robert Horry Center for Sports and Physical Rehabilitation is offering in Sugar Land.
Former NBA star, Robert Horry, is known as "Big Shot Rob" for his precision in the hoop. He won seven championships with three different teams, including the Houston while he's well known for his talents on the court, he's also known for helping children, especially underprivileged children. "I get more out of than the kids do! I get so much joy out of seeing these kids, who have nothing, might have a chance to do something they've never done before, a chance to interact not just with me - but former and current players in the NBA. Horry says basketball has a way of bringing people together, as does any type of sport. Bryan Reid is a Performance Trainer at Horry's Rehab Center.
While he helps many adults overcome serious injuries, come summertime, he'll be booked solid, training children. "This is for kids of all ages with all types of abilities! Right here, we're looking for the kid that can barely jump rope or do jumping jacks. We help develop motor skills and then the kid that wants to be an athlete- is very serious about it and parents want them to have a better opportunity to perform," says Reid. He goes on to say that he, and other trainers, can either work with children individually or in a group setting. The goal is either help a child just "fit in", by bringing out their athletic abilities, or further shape an already accomplished athlete. "We start them off on a baseline and evaluate their movement patterns. We're looking for thier weaknesses. Anytime there's a weakness or imbalance, we want to make them a more efficient athlete, but also it's an injury preventive thing," says Reid. Even better, he says they make it fun for kids and adult patients, no intimidation here!
While Horry and his team work with many "local" children, he also travels all over the world, as an Ambassador for the "N-B-A Cares" program. He introduces basketball to kids, who've never played it before. "My most fun trip so far is India, a place I never thought I'd go! It was an eye-opening experience and fun to see these young kids playing basketball. They're used to cricket. Teaching them basketball and skills - and see them dribble - they kept coming back," exclaims Horry. He hopes to interest any child in overall movement, not just basketball, so they can learn life-long skills to keep them healthy.
A lot of high school kids will be playing in their basketball invitational next month in a "Rookie's Tournament". The purpose of The Rookie Foundation is to create athletic and social programs to support and encourage youth in becoming educated, productive, and caring members of society. Fees are based on an individual basis and financial help is often available. You'll find more about that at www.therookiefoundation.com. For more information on the Horry's Rehab Center: