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Youth Basketball

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The philosophy behind the youth sports program is to provide an atmosphere that focuses on fun, opportunity, sportsmanship, and instruction. Sports can play a positive role in our children’s development, fostering physical skills, and emotional maturity. Children should have a place where they can have fun participating in organized activities in a healthy, safe environment. We strive to provide quality instruction in the fundamentals of the sport while emphasizing fun and sportsmanship over winning. By creating a positive experience for the children we hope to encourage a lifetime of involvement. You can help. We need the cooperation and assistance of parents and coaches to promote and demonstrate these values.


Ages 8-14
Parkland Head Coach Anthony Figueroa and the Champaign Park District will be offering individualized instruction in basketball fundamentals for all levels of talent. Campers will work on shooting, ball-handling, passing, dribbling, defensive positioning, footwork, using screens, and guarding on and off the ball. Campers participate in several individual and team competitions. Camp t-shirt included.

Date: June 6-9, 2022
Day: Monday-Thursday
Time: 9a-12p
Location: Parkland College Gymnasium
Fee (R/NR): $105/$155
Min/Max: 15/40
Deadline: May 30
Instructor: Anthony Figueroa, Parkland College Basketball Coach and Coaching Staff
Questions: cody.flowers@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3983


Grades K-1st, 2nd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th (Fall 2022)
We are excited to welcome back former Illini and Professional basketball player, Trent Meacham, as he hosts his basketball camp. A local native, Trent developed his game into an all-area player during his time at Centennial High School. He continued his basketball playing career at the University of Illinois. With 9 years of professional playing experience in Europe, Trent has been giving back and sharing his knowledge of the game through his basketball camps. Come join the fun as Trent and his team focus on enhancing your child’s fundamentals and character-building skills through the game of basketball. All participants will get a free t-shirt and basketball.

  • K-1st | 8:45-9:45a  
  • 2nd-5th |10-11:15a
  • 6th-8th | 11:30a-12:45p
  • 9th-12th | 1-2:15 

Date: TBD
Days: Tuesday-Friday
Fee (R/NR): $65/$97.50
Location: Leonard Recreation Center
Deadline: TBD
Instructor: Trent Meacham and his instructor team
Questions: brandon.martin@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3986


Places to Play Outdoors

The Champaign Park District maintains basketball courts year-round in many area parks. Please visit our Parks page and search the park features for “basketball courts” to find a court near you!

Drop-In Open Gym Basketball-Currently Unavailable

Both the Leonhard Recreation Center as well as the Douglass Community Center offer drop-in open gym basketball year-round at various times during the week and on weekends.  Nominal fees do apply.  Please visit the Leonhard and Douglass webpages for schedules and other details or call 217-398-2550.

Additional basketball leagues, tournaments, and programs may be started at any time.  Be sure you check out the current Program Guide to find any programs not listed.




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