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August 18th update,
Due to rain last night we are adjusting our game times today. Our youngest league of campers ages 4-6 and our oldest league of campers grades 10-12( NBA) league will begin play at 8:45 am. We hope to begin play in our other age groups by 9:45 am. Camp games and all camp activities will still end by 12:00 noon for picking up your child. Thanks, see you soon!!

August 17th update:
Hi, we are having a great week of camp, the weather has been beautiful, our counselors and coaches have been working hard to provide a great learning environment for all of our campers!! We are looking forward to seeing parents and family tomorrow for our final morning of camp. We will post game times for tomorrow by 10:00 pm tonight. For planning you can expect that most campers will begin playing games tomorrow between 8:30-9:30am and finish between 10-12:00. We play single elimination playoff games on the last day so timing is dependent upon outcomes of games. See you tomorrow!!

Don and Tony

August 13th update
Camp begins tomorrow, so excited to see all of our campers! Staff are moving in today to prepare for your arrival, please note a couple of reminders below

1. Please administer a COVID home test before arriving at camp. You do not need to bring the results to camp.
2. Any forms that have not been submitted at this time must be brought to camp in hard copy for submission at the registration table.
3. Please remember to bring cash for the camp bank for purchase of evening snack bar items.
4. Please note that we are a peanut free camp so we kindly request that no peanut snacks be sent with your child.
5. Fans are not permitted in the cabins.

Thanks, see you tomorrow morning!!

August 9th update
Five days to camp and counting!! A couple of quick updates:

1. Many thanks to all who have submitted all the required camp forms. If you have not yet submitted the forms please do so immediately as campers can not participate in camp activities until we have received all the NYS required forms.
2. We are a peanut free camp with regard to food preparation. Campers may bring snacks to camp, but we ask that no snacks with peanut products be sent to camp for the safety of all campers and staff.
3. We have an evening snack bar with pizza, drinks and other snacks available. Parents may deposit cash in the camp bank at drop off for their child for the snack bar.

Keep checking here as we will continue to answer questions we receive from parents in advance of camp.

Don and Tony

August 2 Brant Lake update
Less than two weeks until an amazing week of basketball that will be the highlight of our camper’s summer!!! A reminder to parents to please mail as soon as possible any outstanding medical or physical forms for their children. We will send an email reminder as well.
Please check our frequently asked questions( FAQs) on our website for information about what to bring to camp. Camp check in schedule for Sunday, August 14th is as follows:
9-10:00am - All girls 9-17 and boys ages 13-18
10-11:00am - Boys ages 9-12
If you have multiple campers who fall into both groups you may check in with either group.

We are requesting that all parents administer a COVID home test for their child within 24 hours of camp. For the safety of all campers we request that a child testing positive prior to camp does not attend camp unless they have been cleared by their physician.
For registration on August 14 parents will be able to drop their camper off at our check-in station where there will be an opportunity to speak to our camp nurse and deposit funds into their camp bank for the evening snack bar. The camp bank is a safe location to leave funds for campers so they do not have to carry cash during the week. Any unused funds are returned to the camper at the end of the week.
Finally due to COVID safety protocols parents will not be permitted on the campus beyond the check-in station. Camp staff will accompany campers to their bunks and assist with the movement of their bags, etc. Thanks in advance for your understanding as we wish to limit as many close contacts as possible prior to camp.
Please follow this page for more updates and please contact Don Juron at djuron24@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thanks!!

July 25 Brant Lake Camp Update
A reminder for all parents who have registered a child for our overnight camp at Brant Lake that the camp medical and parent release forms were due today. If you have not previously sent in your forms we ask that you do so as quickly as possible so we may complete our camp planning.
We still have a limited amount of openings available for the camp, if you would like to register your child please complete the registration process as soon as possible including the completion of the required forms. If you have any questions, please contact Don Juron at 518-852-5376.
We will be posting additional information about camp drop off and pick up next week, please be sure to follow the website for important updates.
Thanks, looking forward to a great week of camp!!

July 12 Indian Meadows camp update:
Unfortunately we are canceling camp today. There is a strong chance of storms this morning and early afternoon. Today’s day of camp will be rescheduled for Friday, 7/15 (8-12noon). We appreciate your patience, today’s forecasts have been mixed. Ultimately we felt the chance of storms was too high to ensure camper safety. Weather over next three days looks great. See everyone Wednesday morning at Indian Meadows!

Jeff

July 11, 2022 update:
There is still time to register for our overnight camp at Brant Lake! Our team is busy planning for a great week of basketball, fun and opportunities to meet new friends, register today for a week that will the highlight of your summer!!

Our program is designed to teach kids how to follow-through with their goals and be the best that they can be. We strive to accomplish this by cultivating their self-esteem, confidence, disciplines and skills necessary for high school and college level competition. We want our campers to appreciate what they have learned from attending our camp both "on and off the basketball court".

2022 CAMP SCHEDULE:

Follow Thru Camps are proud to partner again this summer with the Fast Break foundation to provide scholarship opportunities for eligible campers. If you would like more information, please contact Don Juron at djuron24@gmail.com.

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Meet Our Coaches

Greg, while attending Shenendehowa, led the high school's basketball team to a New York State Championship in 1987. He is the first athlete ever to have his number retired at Shenendehowa. Greg went on to study at Duke University where he also played basketball for the Blue Devils. He became the captain of the team in 1991 and helped bring it the ultimate achievement for division 1 college basketball, the NCAA National Championship. Greg also is the first college basketball player ever to play in four consecutive Final Four's. After graduation, Greg went on to play professional basketball in South Africa, Turkey, Hungary, and Japan before returning to the Capital District of New York where he became the Executive Director of the Albany YMCA. He is now the Executive Director of the East, Mid & West Valley Family YMCA's in California. He and his wife, Natalie, have two girls named Helena and Olivia, and a son named Cassius.

Don has been with the Koubek Camps since 1994. Don is a 20 year coaching veteran in the Capital District having coached both Boys and Girls Varsity programs at Bishop Maginn and Burnt Hills High Schools. Don also was an assistant coach for four years at Hudson Valley Community College. Don retired from the NYS Education Department in 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. Don and his wife Jami currently reside in Burnt Hills, NY.

Coach Tony Dzikas was the head coach at Shenendehowa for 16 seasons. Through the efforts of his talented and hardworking teams, Coach Dzikas has compiled a Suburban Council League record of 212 wins with only 33 losses including league winning streaks of 48 games(2008-2011), 55 games(2014-2017), and ending his career at Shen winning his final 32 league games spanning from 2019-2021! Coach Dzikas led the Plainsmen to Section 2 Championships in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020. The Plainsmen won the Suburban Council Tournament in 2021 which replaced the Section 2 championships due to the abbreviated COVID season.
Coach Dzikas also led the Shen Basketball team to Regional Championships in 2015 and 2016. His most successful team was led by NBA rising star Kevin Huerter(currently with the Atlanta Hawks) who went 25-0 and won the State Championship! Coach Dzikas has been named four times as Suburban Council Coach of the Year as well as Channel 13 All-Star Coach of the Year in 2009, 2015, 2016, and 2020. In 2015 and 2016, he was named Class AA Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of NY. The NYS Public HS Association recognized Coach Dzikas as their State Coach of the Year in 2015, an honor that is awarded to only one coach in the entire state.

Coach Dzikas was named Northeast Sectional Coach of the Year in 2015. The Northeast section includes the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hamphire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This prestigious award recognizes annually one coach for the entire region as their Coach of the Year.

Tony is a fifth grade teacher at Tesago Elementary School.

Coach Jeff Juron has been the head coach at Suffolk University in Boston, MA for seven seasons. In that time, he has built the Suffolk men’s basketball program into a consistent winner in New England. In 2018-19, Juron was named GNAC Coach of the Year after Suffolk finished as Regular Season Co-Champions and with the most wins in over 40 seasons at Suffolk. Juron’s players have received ten All-League recognitions and 15 NABC Honors Recognitions for academics. In 2020, Juron received the Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award from the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association for leading a program that demonstrates the “highest degree of sportsmanship, character and ethics.”

Juron is a 2004 graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. In 2004, Juron led BH-BL to the Section II Class A Championship. He was named Section II Class A MVP as well as a Channel 13 All-Star. In 2019, Juron was inducted into the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2020, he was selected to the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame.

After graduating from BH-BL, Juron went on to study and play basketball at University of Rochester. As a four year starter on the men’s basketball team, Juron finished with a career record of 81-28 including three trips to the Division III NCAA Tournament and one trip to the Division III Final Four. He was a four time All-UAA selection as well as a four time UAA Scholar Athlete.

Juron resides in Boston, MA with his wife, Ashley, and their son, Jack.

Coach Sam Zullo has been the girls varsity head coach at Simsbury High School in CT since 2013. During his tenure, Simsbury has achieved new heights as a program. The team has had multiple 20+ win seasons, has lead the state in defense on three separate occasions, was ranked #2 in the state in 2017-2018 and reached the state semifinals during the 2021-2022 season.

Coach Zullo is a 2004 graduate of Broadalbin-Perth High School where he holds the school record with 1,674 career points. He was a two-time foothills council first team member, two-time Amsterdam recorder player of the year, and a two time sectional champion.

After graduating from BP, Zullo went on to play for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During the 2007-2008 season he was named the Most Improved Player after leading the team in minutes played, leading in assists, second in scoring and being named to the NYU Tip-Off all-tournament team.

Zullo resides in Simsbury, CT with his wife Caylene, son Jordan and daughter Blakely.

TESTIMONIALS

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I started attending Koubek camps when I was 13 years old and it helped mold me into the person I am today. I learned what sportsmanship was, how hard work pays off and what it takes to be a team player. Now 22 years later I am lucky enough to be able to send my daughter back to the place that taught me these very same things. Greg Koubek was someone I looked up to as a teenager and I remember sitting at Day Camp and Overnight Camp listening to him talk to the large group of campers about his experiences and providing advice that we could use not only on the basketball court but in our everyday lives. This summer I was thrilled to see Greg Koubek still present at his camps, on the court working on skills with each camper and this time providing that same advice to my 5 year old daughter.

Kristy Koldis (attended Koubek Day Camps and Brant Lake Overnight between 1991-1995) and Madeline Koldis (age 5, attended her first Koubek Day Camp July 2013)

Koubek Basketball Camp is something we both look forward to every year.
It is a week full of great times, on the court and off. Every year we arrive at camp knowing a few friends, but leave having made many more. The basketball aspect of camp is very good too. Every year the camp has a great staff of coaches that work with us on our games and show us what to do to get better. And every year there is more and more great players to play with and against. Koubek is a must-do and a great time.

Tom Huerter

Greg runs his camps the same way he played for me at Duke -- with passion and integrity. At Greg Koubek's camp you will have a great basketball experience.

Coach K, Duke University & Olympic Coach

The last two summers have been a great basketball camp experience for my children and myself. I cannot say enough about the Koubek Basketball Camp It has become the highlight of my children’s summer. They count down the days until camp starts. My kids have attended many basketball camps. This is by far their best. It is a great mix of basketball skills and summer fun. The kids look forward to the basketball and the camp games they play. My children have always loved their Koubek counselors and coaches. They have encouraged and pushed my children. When my daughter arrived at camp this summer, a counselor mentioned that he had followed her box scores for the high school season and commented on her season. At the end of the camp, a counselor told my daughter that if she needs recommendation or advice about college to please contact him. According to my daughter "The Koubek camp is a great experience to meet new people and to play basketball." According to my son "The Koubek camp is the best time of the summer"

Coach "Yac", Yacouba Sangare