Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 8, 2013

Hooptown 2013 a slam dunk

Hundreds fine-tune skills under Coach Faz

It’s been a summer of shooting competitions, fast-break drills and three-on-three games for the youngsters in the 2013 Hooptown Summer Camp at Andover High School.

Camp director Dave Fazio and his staff of Andover High School basketball coaches and teachers, college students and current AHS players have helped hundreds of boys and girls in grades two through 10 fine-tune their skills on the court over the course of five weeks this summer.

Fazio launched his first summer basketball camp in 1987 with just 20 kids in hopes of sharing his love of the game of basketball with the youth of the community. This year, Hooptown offered two girls and three boys weeklong sessions. At least two of the weeks sold out, with about 180 boys participating in the final installment this week.

Hooptown is designed to be both educational and entertaining, said Fazio, who has won eight Merrimack Valley Conference Championships and six MVC Coach of the Year honors since his arrival on the Andover High coaching staff in 1989.

The majority of his Hooptown staff members are former campers themselves.

“Our mantra has always been play hard, play smart and have fun,” Fazio said.

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