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Minnesota Youth Athletics Services


How I made my DREAM basketball team

In many ways, Camden Haaland is a normal high school junior, a student-athlete focused on balancing academics, giving back, and his love for sports. However, a deeper look shows that he’s a standout. Cam pursues a challenging course load at Minnetonka High School, plays in his high school’s baseball program, and volunteers with the Backpack Tutoring program through Minnetonka Public Schools – which pairs tutors with at-risk youth at Folwell grade school in Minneapolis. But it’s how he and his friends have managed to pursue and grow their love for basketball, despite not playing for their high school program, that has earned him this spotlight.

Two years ago as Cam entered his freshman year, he forwent the traditional basketball route (in favor of the aforementioned pursuits), and instead sought out other less demanding playing options. After forming a team and getting started in his school’s intramural basketball league, Cam and his teammates were still yearning for better competition and more games – something between the high-level and time demanding experience of the high school teams and the basic recreational offering they were currently participating in. Through a little bit of research they discovered the MYAS Winter Shootouts.

Remember when we mentioned Cam was a standout? Well he recently created a step-by-step video on how he and his team, now juniors, utilized the immediate opportunities presented to them and used their resources to grow their experience to meet their needs. His video covers everything from the basic financial considerations of having a team to registering for an upcoming Winter Shootout. Cam hopes that this video will help other players and families benefit from their experience and the opportunity that MYAS provides – a solid middle road playing option that often gets overshadowed by the “all or nothing” offerings that tend to dominate the youth sports landscape. As one of his teammates stated, “I found my love of basketball again.”

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