S.K.I.L.L.S. Basketball was founded by Eric Hagenow and Matt Bauer in 1995. Since their high school days at Valley Lutheran in Saginaw, Eric and Matt have worked and coached at numerous basketball camps around the state. They started running Fundamental Basketball Camps for their college coach, Larry DeSimpelare, during the summer of 1992-1994. The summer of 1995 was the start of S.K.I.L.L.S. Basketball Camps with camps at St. Peter-Hemlock, Holy Cross-Saginaw, and St. Lorenz-Frankenmuth.
S.K.I.L.L.S. Basketball Camps have grown over the years and now services over 400 children throughout the summer. The camp strives to instill the importance of dedication and hard work while promoting the qualities of sportsmanship and having a positive attitude.
S.K.I.L.L.S. Basketball was named as an acronym for the words Spirit. Knowledge. Intensity. Love. Leadership. Sacrifice. The acronym helps to show the qualities that great basketball players need to possess in order to be successful on and off the court.
S.K.I.L.L.S. Basketball Camps have been at St. Peter-Hemlock, Hemlock High School, Immanuel-Frankentrost, and St. Lorenz-Frankenmuth for over twenty years. We thank these schools for the continued support of our camps. In 2010, a camp was added at Peace-Saginaw and in 2014, another camp was started at Lutheran High North. S.K.I.L.L.S. went across the state line for the first time in 2016 with the addition of a camp at St. Paul-Napoleon, Ohio. Our newest camp began in 2017 at St. Michael's in Richville, MI. S.K.I.L.L.S. Basketball Camps have also been held at St. Luke-Clinton Township, Holy Cross-Saginaw, Birch Run High School, and Mayville High School. In 2018, due to construction at Lutheran High North, S.K.I.L.L.S. returned to host a camp at St. Luke-Clinton Township.
What does S.K.I.L.L.S. Stand for?
Spirit: having enthusiasm and excitement about the game of basketball and life
Knowledge: being smart on and off the court
Intensity: working to your fullest potential
Love: enjoying the game of basketball and the experience it brings
Leadership: being able to instruct teammates in a positive and meaningful way
Sacrifice: to give up other experiences to become a better basketball player