VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY)- Due to a bum hip, Paul Webb doesn’t move as quick as he used to, but that doesn’t stop him from coaching and teaching the finer points of the game to the many campers who have come to his camp. “We have had nearly 50 to 60 thousand kids come through our camp over the last 50 years. its amazing how many people I still see who I run into that say they came to our camp,” said Webb.
Fifty years of summer camp is impressive and so is the list of players who have attended this camp. “Going back to the first few years, Moses Malone, Ralph Sampson, Bryant Stith, Grant Hill, JR Reid, Alonzo Mourning, Kenny Gattison and Mark West. They all came to camp,” said Webb.
Webb began his camp back in 1965 when he was coaching at Randolph-Macon College. His first camp had 36 campers. Today he coaches between 1000 and 1500 players each summer. “I had no idea that 50 years ago we would still be doing this. My dear friend Louie Mills who passed away 4 years ago was coaching at the University of Richmond and I was at Randolph-Macon and we both had the idea at the same time to start a camp in the Richmond Area.”
His son Eddie was one of his first campers and now has been coaching alongside his father for almost 40 years. :” For 50 years of these basketball camps is the incredible to make sure the kids are gonna have fun but also that they are going to learn something. There are a lot of lessons you can learn from sports and in this case basketball, that you can apply to other areas of your life,” said Eddie Webb.
Paul Webb builds his camp around fun and fundamentals. As for how much longer he will coach the game of basketball to the kids of Hampton Roads, it’s really up to him.