FORT HALL â€” It has been a whirlwind last two years for Sho-Ban High School boys' basketball head coach Lester Stewart and his Trinity Hoops basketball academy.
From the time Stewart and former Idaho State guard Akbar Abdul-Ahad decided to start Trinity Hoops in 2011, the organization has focused itself on teaching the youth on all aspects of playing basketball the goal to get as many kids from Eastern Idaho out as possible.
When the first camp was held two years ago in the student recreation center in the back of ISU's Reed Gym 17 kids participated, last year the camp grew to close to 30 and moved out to Sho-Ban High School.
This year the camp will again be held at Sho-Ban, but for the first time Stewart and company will be holding both a boys and girls skills camp.
"We are getting noticed by a lot of different kids all over the area," Stewart said. "We are getting kids coming from every where now and not just Pocatello. We are getting kids from Soda Springs, Aberdeen and American Falls that are coming to train with us. We are really trying to expand our reach in the community."
The third annual camp begins with the boys June 4-6, the girls take the floor June 11-13.
Players ages 6-14 can participate and will be separated by age group.
Participants will be grouped ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14 for both camps.
Players ages 6-8 will take the floor from 10 a.m. - Noon, ages 9-11 will go from 1 - 3 p.m. and the 12-14 age group goes from 4-6 p.m each day.
"We want to get as many kids as possible to come out," Stewart said. "I am hoping we can get 100 kids total to come out and work with us. That is our goal, if we don't reach we will be disappointed but I want to meet as many kids as possible. I want to meet kids from Blackfoot, I want to meet kids from Snake River. I know they can play basketball out there and I want them to come work with us."
Campers will spend time working with Stewart and former ISU basketball players of the fundamentals of shooting, offensive skills, ball handling and passing.
Along with Stewart and Abdul-Ahad campers will get to work with former Bengals Chase Grabau, Ashleigh Vella and Abby Maracigan and some former Sho-Ban players highlighted by recently graduated guard Andre Graves.
"Idaho State basketball gave me the opportunity to go after my dream of coaching basketball," Stewart said. "If there is any way that we can work together with ISU I am all for it. I support ISU men's and women's basketball and welcome the opportunity to work with them."
In the last year Trinity Hoops coached and sponsored a U12 basketball team and has hopes in the future of having U15 and U16 teams unfortunately they lack a gym for those teams to practice and play.
"We need a gym to supply the demand of more youth basketball teams," Stewart said. "It is hard to get gym space and that proves to a tough problem for us to overcome."
In the past few years Stewart has given lessons to players anywhere that has been nice enough to use a court.
Despite the lack of a place to play, Trinity Hoops has continued to thrive.
"I want Trinity Hoops to be the name people think of when they think of youth basketball," Stewart said. "I want to help kids learn the right way to play basketball regardless of where they live or go to school. My job is be able to help them any way I can."
The cost of the camp is $45 and participants can register 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the first day of each session.
With any additional questions email Lester Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (208) 380-0346.