Charles Oakley Continues In Basketball, Coaching Brookwood Camps in NY
Charles Oakley is continuing his basketball program at Brookwood Camps in 2020. The former Knicks star currently sits as one of the camp’s professional instructors, alongside other pros Mark Coffman and Tim Capstraw. This is an exciting development at Brookwood, which is a renowned summer camp that has offered an extensive array of sports academy training for sometime now. While no changes have been announced in the routines of the summer camp, Oakley is famous for being a team leader. The former All-Star Power Forward definitely might have something up his sleeve when it comes to the summer of 2020. As of yet, no dates have been publicly listed for the basketball program at Brookwood Camps.
Oakley Has History of Working With Children
This stint as a professional educator marks yet another occasion which Oakley has worked with kids. The former NBA pro has worked with children a number of times, including CIBC’s Miracle Day in New York. Whereas Oakley’s work with Brookwood Camps seems to be more profit-driven than charity-based, that’s only so true. For millionaire athletes, time is quite a valuable thing – working to any degree with children is a commitment that needs to be recognized.
Besides, Brookwood isn’t an enormous camp with ridiculous amounts of disposable income to spare. While the public will never know for certain, it’s unlikely that Oakley isn’t charging largely reduced rates for his time at Brookwood – if he’s even charging at all.
The act of working with children is one that could be viewed as philanthropic in its own right. After all, a millionaire athlete is sure to have plenty of time and money with which to do whatever he likes. The fact that Oakley has devoted so much time and effort to working with kids is assuredly admirable. Many pro athletes don’t end up returning to the sport after retirement hits.
For many former pro athletes, the game can be something that they don’t like to think about. Oakley, however, has chosen to work with children multiple times after retiring from the professional scene. The former athlete was known for his leadership mentality and guiding play style in the basketball scene. Perhaps that same mentor mentality is what’s driving on Oakley now.
Brookwood Offers Extensive Sports Programs
A camp located in Glen Spey, New York, Brookwood is almost an institution at this point. The camp has programs dedicated to dozens of competitive sports, including baseball, football, basketball, dance, golf, and even sports broadcasting. For anyone between the ages of 5 and17 interested in sports, this camp could be for you. Each sport has a professional instructor, and they’re often athletes who were once famous in their field.
Leo Mazzone is the pro instructor for baseball. If you’ve never heard of him, he had a 40 year career and is widely regarded as one of the best pitching coaches the MLB has ever seen. Each sport at Brookwood has some sort of Mazzone figure headlining the educational process, for a predetermined amount of time.
Each of the sports at Brookwood is part of what’s referred to as “The Sports Academy,” which is an educational experience based on teaching fundamentals. No matter your sport, it’s necessary that you learn sportsmanship. Brookwood tries to drill that lesson into the heads of participating campers. However, there’s still plenty of competition at the camp. Campers will participate in scrimmages and other forms of competition, so individual skill will be something that’s pretty easy to show off.
Camp Situated on Extensive Estate
Brookwood Camps is located on 160 acres of pristine wood and grassland. There are a number of professional-level facilities offered by the camp. These include pristinely maintained playing fields for soccer, football, and baseball. Their dance facility is also very large for a summer camp of its size, so any children interested in the ballet program the camp offers will get to experience performing on a stage.
The camp doesn’t expand on how its dance program works, but presumably there will be something resembling a dance performance near the end of its professional dance week. This would be on par with the rest of the offerings from the camp, which do promise to bring some level of play resembling the professional experience.
Brookwood’s website is very confident in the quality of its programs and facilities, and for good reason. On their website, they claim their aquatics center is the best “in the camp industry.” This could be the case, because it does include the presence of a 5,000 square foot heated swimming pool.
You read that right. Besides that, the camp offers horseback riding trails (no mention of actual horses though, so you might have to pack your own), an archery range, GaGa pits, a mini-golf course, and much much more. Between their swimming, field sports, broadcasting, and artistic education, it seems obvious that they are one of the most elite camps offered on the East Coast.
A Quick Wrap-Up
Between the professional instructors, numerous academy programs, and the top-quality tier facilities, it seems obvious that Brookwood Camps is worth investigating. If you’re a supporter of retired pro athletes working with kids, then it seems that this camp has everything you might be looking for. Additionally, there are number of positive testimonials listed on the site that anyone can peruse.
If you’re interested in seeing what kids and their parents have had to say about their camp experience there, then consider browsing their site for more information. Additionally, you can contact the site directly for more information on when exactly Charles Oakley will be running his basketball program.
Overall, our review of the Brookwood experience is a positive one – of course, you won’t be able to see for yourself without undergoing some sort of introductory experience. In this day & age, it’s nice to see a program that so extensively covers so many aspects of the sports scene. Let’s hope that the actual experience is as good as it looks to be on their website.