Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Milton partners for youth basketball program, camps.


Registration available through Up With Kids Sports

MILTON, Ga., May 18, 2011- Hoopsters rejoice: The City of Milton is now holding registration for the city's first co-ed recreational basketball league and summer camps.

Offered through a partnership with Milton-based Up With Kids Sports (UWKS) and the Securing a Mind Foundation, the co-ed development summer league for children ages 8 through 13 will last from June 27 to July 30 and cost $115 (includes uniform). Cost for non-residents is $172.50.

Player evaluations will be held June 13-17, and practices start the week of June 27. The eight-game season begins July 7, with games held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will also be a single-elimination tournament.

The skill camps for children ages 6 through 17 will be held June 13 through 17 and Aug. 1 through 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a cost of $135 each. Half days are available for $100. Cost for non-residents is $202.50 for full days and $150 for half.

All activities will take place at Hopewell Middle School thanks to an agreement between Fulton County Schools and the City of Milton. This will also be home to a future winter league and clinics to be offered throughout the year, said Cyndee Bonacci, Milton's Director of Parks and Recreation.

Parents can sign up for the league and summer camps by clicking here. Choose either "City of Milton - UWKS Co-ed Summer League" or "City of Milton - UWKS Camp," download the registration form and mail it with payment to:

P.O. Box 1201
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Up with Kids Sports and the Securing a Mind Foundation were founded by Milton resident and 16-year international basketball veteran Samuel Hines. He has played basketball across the globe in highly competitive international leagues including Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Cyprus, France, Poland, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico. For the last 14 years, Hines has held basketball camps and clinics around the world and in Georgia and North Carolina.

Additionally, he has volunteered his time as a coach with the Alpharetta Youth Football Association and dedicated himself to helping mentor children through sport.

"I am excited about the opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge of basketball with the youth of Milton and surrounding areas," said Hines. "The programs offered by Up With Kids Sports and the City of Milton will help fill the gap for those players who are seeking to improve their skills through professional instruction. This will be a great opportunity for all."

For more information on Up with Kids Sports, visit its Web site,, or contact Hines at or 678-481-1749. You may also contact Tom Gilliam, Milton's Recreation Programs Coordinator, at 678-242-2519 or

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