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ND Coach Mike Brey talks encouragement at kids summer camp


In a room crowded with kids between 4-12 years old, Notre Dame's head basketball coach Mike Brey seemed to be having the best time of the whole group at a local summer camp.

"It's always fun being around young people," said Brey. "What I do keeps me young. There's some nights it makes me old too, but it keeps me young being around 18 to 22 year olds. Your energy is up and being around these kids [Tuesday] energized me."

Brey spoke about the importance of encouragement to the 90 campers at the Epic Church annual sports summer camp in Mishawaka. He told the kids being a good teammate can help increase other people's confidence.

"Great enthusiasm any time you get to speak to young people," said Brey. "I love the themes they have [at the Epic camp]. "Be an Encourager" was the theme for their camp [Tuesday] and that's kind of what I tell my coaching staff is to be confidence givers. A lot of fun out here at Epic."

After he finished Brey's free throws, some of the campers were invited to the front to shoot free throws. Most of the kids hit the free throws and Brey gave some Notre Dame gear as a prize to those who did. Brey joked that there might be some future recruits amongst the campers.

"The one lefty and I've never seen one young man go through his legs at the foul line [like one of the campers]," said Brey. "I may have to introduce that. Maybe Eric Atkins should do that with his free throws this year."

The camp continues through Friday June 28. Coach Brey was only scheduled to speak Tuesday night.

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