Williamsburg Christian Academy’s basketball program has enjoyed success over several seasons, including a state championship for the boys varsity team in 2017, and this week the school is hosting its 25th annual Flying Eagle Basketball Camp for local youths.
“I focus on basic fundamentals,” said Edgar Randall, who has run the camp since it started in 1994. “Most camps don’t teach you fundamentals. If you go to bigger camps, they throw you out there and you just play games and they cost you a lot of money … I’ve had kids that went to Michael Jordan’s camp, and they’ve come back and say, ‘Coach, I had more fun at your camp than I had at his camp!’”
Randall has coached and taught in the Williamsburg area for more than two decades. He also coached for 13 years at West Virginia State University, his alma mater.
Xavier Brown, a high school freshman who has participated in the Flying Eagle Basketball Camp for eight years, spoke highly of Randall’s ability to help campers improve their skills.
“There’s nothing you can do right,” Brown said. “There’s always something that you can clean up or make better. I’m a perfectionist, so him helping me is a big deal.”
Now in its second week, the camp supports a wide variety of ages and skill levels, open to everyone from children entering third grade to rising high school juniors.
“I try to get everyone where they can be challenged,” Randall said. “If we play games and we do contests, I want it to be competitive … we play a shooting game where I put the little kids and the big kids together, and they get a kick out of that because the little kids feel like they contribute to the big kids. … You intertwine them on some stuff, and then you separate them on some.”
A conference leader in scoring during his college playing days, Randall says he particularly prides himself on teaching kids how to properly shoot a basketball.
“Whenever a kid comes to my camp and I see his shot is way off, I try to make sure I correct his shot now,” he said.
“I tell them, ‘You might not to be able to do it exactly like this right now, but as you get older, this is what you need to be working toward.’ Because I don’t want anyone leaving my camp and say they can’t shoot, and I was a shooter.”
“I’ve never been a really good free throw shooter, and I come here every year trying to get better at free throws, and he [Randall] helps me consistently,” Brown added. “Every year, I see my percentage go up.”
Randall, who was diagnosed with colon cancer last September, will most likely take a step back starting next year, handing primary camp director responsibilities over to his eldest son, Brandon. Nonetheless, Randall still plans to be involved in teaching local kids the sport he loves.
“I’m going to turn it over to Brandon, but I’ll be around,” he said. “I’m just a basketball junkie. I love basketball. I love being in the gym.”
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