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Jayson Barnhart
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About 20 girls and boys, from ages 7 to 17, have been participating in the basketball camp conducted by Camps for Christ at the Elkin Valley Baptist Church gymnasium that ends today.


They’ll conduct one more camp — next week in Galax, Virginia, before calling it another summer.


The camp is administered by Jay Barnhart and directed by his 19-year-old son Jayson.


“I started when I was 19 years old,” Barnhart said, adding he had been involved in running basketball camps for 40 years.


Camps for Christ is a non-denominational Christian camp is for those headed to the NBA, the WNBA, or for kids, as Jay put it, “who can’t play. It’s detailed individual instruction. It doesn’t matter how old they are or how good they are.


“We make sure they get it.”


While it is Christian-based, Jay said, “We don’t cram it down your throat. We present Jesus Christ. We let it fall where it falls.”


Jay said his son “can lead his peers. He’s just a great leader. Even though he’s Division I bound and he’s potentially pro bound, he’s humble. He’s a nice young man to lead others.”


Jayson said his dad got him started helping with the camp when he was 14. He said despite his age, he has been able to coach, teach and mentor just like many who are older. “It really depends on the kid,” Jayson said. “If they’re really trying to learn, it’s not a big deal.”


Jayson said the camp is a “great opportunity” for players to learn individual skills such as dribbling and shooting. He said his dad explains team concepts such as positioning on the floor.


Jayson, a 6-3 perimeter player who scored more than 2,600 points in his high school career in Virginia, will attend Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, this fall.


The camp at the Galax Recreation Center is $100 for the week. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers need to bring their own lunches.


For more information, email CampsforChrist@yahoo.com or call 434-946-5283.


Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-258-4052 or Twitter @elkinareasports.


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