Eight teams across the River Valley traveled to Atkins on June 7 and 8 for the Lady Red Devils inaugural basketball team summer camp.

Approximately 400 girls participated in the two-day camp with both junior and senior high teams competing.

Lady Red Devils Head Coach Wesley Kuhn led the event and said that he was pleased with the level of competition from all the teams.

“The experience is second to none,” said Kuhn. “We have a lot of good competition from 4A all the way to 1A schools. The experience that the girls are getting is only going to prepare them for the season.”

A variety of team divisions competed including: Conway St. Joseph, England, Lamar, Morrilton, Ouachita, Paris, Two Rivers and Atkins.

The basketball camp also provides opportunities for the city of Atkins.

“For one, we are raising money for the girls to help us pay for our summer camps and two, it gives Atkins a lot of exposure,” Kuhn said. “It brings a lot of teams here and helps our local businesses. It’s awesome.”

Coach Kuhn said that he hopes the camp will have even more teams sign up next year.

“It’s a really good camp and it’s our first year running it,” Kuhn said. “Hopefully we can turn it into something bigger.”