Winter Basketball Camp at the House of Wellness features Bronson Koenig

By Ardith Van Riper

     The House of Wellness hosted a winter basketball camp on March 25 and 26 for boys and girls ages 10-17 featuring Bronson Koenig and area coaches.  The registration was free due to a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation.  Approximately fifty participants received a free t-shirt.

     “It was great we all had a lot of fun, the kids, the coaches, and to everybody.  I asked the kids if we should do something like this again and it was a resounding yes,” said Koenig, the UW great and NCAA Final Four player.

     Boys and girls in grades fourth through sixth were scheduled for 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm.  Those in grades seventh through eighth were scheduled for 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm.  High school-aged boys and girls were scheduled for 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm.  There were also daily awards for attendees.

     Bronson Koenig explained what he wanted the boys and girls to take away from the camp, “First of all, I like to see the kids having fun, outside of their day to day lives.  Just to do something a little different and obviously give them some of my experience, some of my life experience through basketball.  And also teach them what it takes to succeed in anything in life, the hard work that it takes, not just in basketball but that translates into literally anything you want to do in life.  You know, lots of up and downs, like the game.  There are so many translations and metaphors between basketball and life that I try to teach as well.  It’s just about putting your head down and working as hard as you can and working through the hard times.  There are going to be a lot of those in the game and also life.”

     The two-day camp was open to the public and camaraderie filled the gym.

     “I’m super thankful that they (Green Bay Packers Foundation) do this work to help communities, especially the Ho-Chunk Nation.  I’m really thankful for them.  Hopefully we continue to build that relationship,” expressed Koenig.