Franklin Monroe Jets boys basketball campers, high school helpers and coaching staff. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

FM Jets boys basketball camp a good time for all

Franklin Monroe Jets basketball program hosts 40 youth to annual summer camp

PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe Jets boys basketball program completed a three day camp with 40 boys attending the event.

Veteran Jets coach, Troy Myers led the campers through basketball drills, games and discussion time during the three hours each day.

“The biggest thing for us this year is to find the joy in the gym for three days and teach them about our values, how we want to play and the type of teammates we want to be,” said Myers. “We’re talking a lot about what it means to be a great teammate but at the end of the day it is just about the joy the young kids bring.”

“They have no agenda, they’re not being selfish because they just want to have fun right now,” he continued. “That allows all of us to enjoy the experience rather than come in with a certain agenda or a selfish way about it.”

The Franklin Monroe basketball coaching staff along with 15 high school players assisted Coach Myers.

“I’m glad that our older guys are taking part in it the camp,” Myers stated. “Not only are they serving but they are feeling the energy these young guys bring and I think it is genuine, it’s normal for them. You love to see the faces when they walk in that door with smiles on their faces – that’s the way it should be.”

Former Jets standout basketball player and current member of the Ashland University basketball team, Ethan Conley returned to his alma mater to assist with the camp.

“Ethan is fantastic – you’re not going to find anyone better,” said Coach Myers. “He’ll be a senior at Ashland. He offered to help. I told him kid’s camp next week and he said I’ll be there.”

“That puts a smile on my face because he does not have to be here and he is giving of his time,” Myers added. “He is being a servant and what better example of a servant can you have than somebody like that.”

A young FM camper drives to the basket for a score at the school's summer boys basketball camp. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
A Jets camper drives strong to the hoop in FM boys basketball camp. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Franklin Monroe boys basketball camper scores driving the lane to the basket. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
A young Jets camper puts up a shot at the three day Franklin Monroe boys basketball camp. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ashland University's Ethan Conley returns to his alma mater to help with the Jets boys basketball camp. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at or 937-459-9547.

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