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MVP basketball camp scheduled

Boys’ and girls’ basketball players who will be in fifth through eighth grades in September will get a chance to take part in the

10th annual MVP Summer Basketball Camp.

The camp, sponsored by the Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Dept., will have two sessions. The first session is a basic skills camp for fifth-seventh graders from 9 a.m.-noon Dec 20-22. The second session is for more advanced players (fifth-eighth grades), and that will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 27-29. Both sessions will take place at McCambridge Recreation Center (1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd.).


In the basic camp, players will work on their skills and there will be an emphasis on basic aspects of the game. The second session is for players who have at least three years experience playing organized basketball, and there will be more of an emphasis on advanced skills.

The cost is $50. And the deadline to register is Dec. 17. Athletes can signup at Verdugo Recreation Center or McCambridge.

The event is run by longtime park and rec, Catholic Youth Organization and high school Coach Mike Graceffo. Graceffo has almost 30 years coaching experience, and was an instructor at camps run by Michael Jordan and B.J. Armstrong in Chicago and Santa Barbara.

Graceffo also coached in the American Roundball Corp. and has won championships at many levels.


Along with learning basketball fundamentals and skills, participants will receive a profile card outlining a player’s

strengths and weaknesses, a self-help booklet, a gym bag, a T-shirt and a certificate of participation.

Athletes will play several pickup games, participate in basketball drills, take part in free throw and shooting contests, watch

basketball videos and get a chance to win prizes. There will also be speakers addressing the athletes.

For more information, or to register, call 238-5390.

Burroughs alumni hoop games

The Burroughs High basketball programs will be holding their annual alumni games Thursday in the school’s large gym. The Indians’ varsity teams will be taking on teams of Burroughs alumni/

The girls’ game will begin at 6 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 7:30 p.m.


All former Burroughs basketball players are welcome to participate. For more information, contact girls’ basketball Coach Vicky Oganyan at, or at (818) 558-4777, ext. 61153 or boys’ basketball Coach Adam Hochberg at, or at (818) 558-4777, ext. 61235.

Youth basketball clinics offered.

Pressure Basketball is now in Burbank, and the organization and looking to help boys’ and girls’ ages 10-14.

If players are interested in enhancing their skills or joining a club basketball team, athletes can come to Bellarmine Jefferson High on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. for training.

For more information visit the organization’s wed site,, or call (877) 437-0640 or (310) 704-8954.

Hoop sessions for young players

Area youth players who want to improve their skills on the court can do so by taking part in MVP Basketball Clinics at Burbank’s Powerhouse Gym Sports Complex.

The facility is at 10950 Sherman Way, No. 160.


The clinics are on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. for players in the third and fourth grades and from 7-8 for players in fifth through seventh grades.

The cost is $6 per class, and attendees can pay as they go.

Classes are taught by qualified college, high school and recreation coaches and players, including local Mike Graceffo. Athletes will learn and practice the fundamentals of passing, shooting, dribbling, ball-handling, rebounding, footwork, conditioning and defense, Players will also take part in scrimmages and be exposed to game situations.

For more information, call the Powerhouse Sports Complex at (818) 565-5533.

Report your youth sports results

The leader is looking to publish youth results and scores.

To get in youth sports results, whether its soccer, football, baseball, basketball, etc., please drop off or e-mail results The Leader encourages any and all teams to turn in their results weekly.

Along with varsity high school scores, the paper is also looking to publish freshman, sophomore-freshmen, and junior varsity results.

E-mails can be sent to For more information, call (818) 637-3245. The mailing address is: 221 N. Brand Bl., second floor, Glendale, CA 91203.

Looking for athletes beyond high school

In order to provide the most comprehensive coverage possible, the Leader sports department is constantly trying to keep tabs on area athletes beyond high school.

If you know of any area athletes playing at the collegiate or professional level, please let us know.

Contact Leader Sports Editor Jeff Tully at or at (818) 637-3245. Information can be faxed at (818) 241-1975.