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First Posted: 10:13 am - July 10th, 2015

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Fairfield Central High School boys basketball coach Devin Liferidge talks to campers.

Fairfield Central High School girls basketball coach Amelia Miller directs campers.

Approximately 20 children participate in basketball drills.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Summer camp can conjure images of fishing line and mosquito nets, but at Fairfield Central High School, campers are becoming more acquainted with free-throw lines and nothing-but-nets.

Monday marked the start of the inaugural Little Griffins Basketball Camp held at Fairfield Central.

“It’s something we’d been wanting to do for a couple years,” said Devin Liferidge, boys basketball coach for Fairfield Central High School.

Liferidge said a discussion with Amelia Miller, girls basketball coach for Fairfield Central High School, planted the idea, and Miller stayed insistent that the basketball camp for children become a reality.

“This is important,” Miller said. “This is our future.”

Liferidge said the coaches were initially apprehensive of how many participants the camp would attract, but decided to follow through with the plan.

“We decided whether it’s five kids or 35 kids, it’s the right thing to do,” Liferidge said.

The first of what coaches hope to make an annual camp attracted 20 campers.

“It’s a good thing,” Miller said. “Hopefully, next year is even better.”

This year, registration cost $40 and entitled participants to four days of camp and a T-shirt.

Camp began June 29 and ended July 2. Each day began at 9 a.m., concluded at noon, and consisted of calisthenics, drills and games.

Little Griffins Basketball Camp is intended to be instructional, fun and a productive use of a summer morning.

“You want them to have fun at the end of the day,” Liferidge said. “We try to give them some simple skills they can take away, too.

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