Aug 11, 2010
Ohio University-Chillicothe Director of Athletics R. David Shoemaker will direct a charity basketball camp on the Caribbean island of Montserrat from Aug. 16-20. The first-ever “Reach One Teach One – Building Bridges to Success” camp is designed for players ages 6 through 23 and is expected to include approximately 40 individuals.
Fellow southern Ohio coach Joshua Anderson, who Shoemaker coached and was the starting point guard on the conference-winning 1993 Paint Valley High School will join him.
“Coach Anderson and I are very much looking forward to the camp on Montserrat,” Shoemaker said. “I have worked on Monteserrat before --developing the island’s young basketball players back in the early 1990s and also with the island’s national team when they played a tournament in the United States -- so it will be great for me to return to the island to continue with developing the skills of the new players there. The camp will provide not only insight and knowledge into the game of basketball but will also emphasize life skills that the campers can carry into the future. The camp is sure to be a rewarding experience for campers and coaches alike.”
More information on the project is available online here*.
Montserrat is a British territory in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. The island is approximately 10 miles long and 7 miles wide with approximately 6,000 residents.
Shoemaker was national coach for Montserrat in the mid-1990s and wrote an article about his experience, which is available online here*.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Montserrat and see the wonderful people there. They've been through so much with the volcano and everything, and for me to be able to return and direct this camp for the athletes there is an absolute honor,” Shoemaker said.
Much of the island’s population fled in 1995, following the eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano. The eruption is still ongoing, though much reduced.
Shoemaker is an elementary school physical education instructor with Paint Valley Local Schools. He was athletic director at Paint Valley from 1997 to 2006 and was varsity boys basketball coach at Paint Valley from 1989 to 1996, and is a former junior high boys basketball, track and football coach with Paint Valley and Greenfield schools. Shoemaker formerly taught at Greenfield. He was named Scioto Valley Conference Coach of the year in 1993 and was Chillicothe Gazette All-Area coach in 1990, 1991 and 1992.
He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in educational administration, both from Ohio University.
OU-C offers women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis, and men’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis. The Chillicothe Campus competes in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.