Thomas Jefferson Basketball Skills and Competition Camp group photo from last summer. Courtesy photo

Thomas Jefferson Basketball Skills and Competition Camp group photo from last summer. Courtesy photo

Thomas Jefferson basketball to host fourth-annual kids summer camp

Thomas Jefferson Skills and Competition Camp is held July 8-11.

Thomas Jefferson Basketball Skills and Competition Camp is right around the corner.

From July 8-11, this camp will help athletes in fourth through eighth grades improve their basketball skills and creating lasting memories on the court.

Athletes will perfect their skills with fundamental drills in the morning, then break out into competition games in the afternoon, said TJHS head basketball coach Sudon DeSuze.

The camp, open to boys and girls, will provide each athlete with a T-shirt, a basketball, and personal evaluations at the end of the camp. Kids are encouraged to bring water and a sack lunch — and don’t forget athletic shoes and a positive attitude.

The four-day camp is priced at $100 for day-of registration. Single days of camp are available for $30.

High school coaches will direct the camp with former and current players serving as the hands-on counselors and assistant coaches for the participants.

This will be summer camp number four led by DeSuze.

A Thomas Jefferson alumni himself, DeSuze has been coaching high school basketball since 2009 after playing college basketball at South Puget Sound Community College and Pacific Lutheran University. DeSuze has been head coach of the Raiders for three seasons.

Also coaching at camp is TJHS assistant coach and JV coach Mo Anderson.

Deemed a “Federal Way legend” by DeSuze, Anderson began the Federal Way-based AAU program Pure Athletic Training and Mentoring.

As a Federal Way High School alum, Anderson also played at Highline College, Western Washington University, and has continued to play in semi-pro leagues and pro-am events over the years.

“This is a fundraiser for the program, but it gives us a chance to connect with the boys and girls within our community,” DeSuze said. “It also is cool to see the high school players connecting with the youth, and creating relationships and memories.”

Financial scholarships as well as multi-family or sibling discounts are available upon request.

TJ’s basketball camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8-11 at Thomas Jefferson High School, 4248 S. 288th St., Auburn.

To register your player or find out more information, email head coach Sudon DeSuze at

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