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Basketball camp with Tony Stockman tips off Aug. 12

MEDINA — Tony Stockman has learned a lot through basketball. Now it’s time to pass on some of those lessons.

That’s why Stockman, a 2000 Medina High graduate who has played professionally in France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, will hold Camp Stone from Aug. 12-14.

Tony Stockman

Tony Stockman

Billed as “the ultimate father and son overnight sports camp,” the event will be held at the expansive 7291 Stone Road property of Kevin Sunde, the owner of MGM Landscaping.

“It’s going to be a good time,” Stockman said Wednesday. “The biggest point is for fathers or grandpas to teach their kids the right way to play sports and the right way to win and lose. It’s more about having fun and getting things out of sports than winning and losing.”

The camp is open to boys 5 to 17 and their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, big brothers or mentors. Cost is $125 per father and son, with an additional child costing $25. All food will be provided, as well as T-shirts and prizes.

Check-in is any time after 3 p.m. on Aug. 12, a Friday. Participants will be allowed to camp anywhere on the property for a two-night stay, with the program ending the afternoon of Aug. 14.

Basketball, flag football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, Ping-Pong, swimming, fishing, paintball, corn hole and horseshoes will be offered informally and in staged competitions.

The goal is to afford fathers and sons the opportunity to play sports together while also bonding and creating a memory.

“There’s going to be free time to do everything you want to do, but then we’ll have set-up competitions by age,” said Stockman, who played college basketball at Clemson and Ohio State. “We’ll keep score, time, whatever it may be.”

A brief ceremony will be held the afternoon of Aug. 14, at which Stockman, the co-recipient of Ohio’s 2000 Mr. Basketball award as a senior at Medina, will speak.

Stockman, who will turn 30 on Sunday, and wife Brittany have three sons — Tayden, 6, Braysen, 4, and Maddox, 2 — so the message will be a simple but important one.

“Everyone gets excited when they win and mad when they lose, but I’m going to talk about life and a little about God,” Stockman said. “The camp is mostly going to be about family and sports and the things you can get out of them. It’s not all about winning and losing.”

For more information on Camp Stone, which Stockman hopes to make an annual event, visit StockmanBasketball.com or call (330) 304-8587.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061or rnoland@medina-gazette.com.

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