Arrowood Philosophy

aw_philosophy2It’s not life that is all about sports,
it’s sports that are all about life.

You will be hard pressed to find someone more competitive than owner/director Dee Dee Deeken. But after playing basketball since the 5th grade and at the collegiate level, as well as coaching and running camps for over twenty years, she also realizes that basketball is more than what the scoreboard says at the end of the game….and in that spirit, life at Arrowood is not 24-7 basketball.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily something you learn on your own as an athlete, which is why I am thankful that I had great people in my life to help me understand that there is more to competition than winning and losing. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true—there are so many life lessons to learn from sports whether it’s figure skating, golf, or a team sport like basketball….lessons that still impact the way I approach my personal and professional life even to this day. And I want to help young girls learn those same principles of hard work, honesty, collaboration, and gratitude that I feel are so valuable and applicable to every day life.”

When campers are not on the courts or in the middle of Co-op Counts, you may find them canoeing, playing games of ultimate Frisbee or dodgeball, or perhaps preparing for the famous skit night! Yes, we are a basketball camp first and foremost, and at the end of the week we hope campers leave with a more skills and basketball knowledge in their suitcase, but we also hope they leave with some gold nuggets about life that extend beyond the court. After all, it’s not life that is all about sports, it’s sports that are all about life.

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