Camper Testimonials

Read about the great experiences of some of the former campers at the Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Camps.

"I attended ‘Sixers Camp’ for a few summers, and the skills and fundamentals I learned were instrumental in my development in becoming one of the top high school players in the nation."

Richard “Rip” Hamilton
Camper 1992-1993
3x NBA All Star
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player
NBA Champion-Detroit Pistons; Retired

"My years at Sixers Camp helped me develop the work ethic necessary to improve my skills and take my game to a higher level. Each summer, for those two weeks of camp, I lived basketball 24/7.  I will always remember my time at Sixers Camp as some of the most important weeks in my basketball life."

Eli Schwarz
Camper 2002-2005
Haverford College Basketball

"The Sixers Camps taught me the basic fundamentals of basketball. From there, I took what I learned and started developing my skills as a basketball player. I spent several hours each day trying to improve my game. Every summer, I looked forward to going to camp and realized how fortunate I was that my parents could send me to camp. It was a lot of fun competing against players from different cities and states""

Matt Carroll
Camper – 1990-1992
2x Mr. Basketball in Pennsylvania
HS/College All American-NBA-Charlotte Bobcats

"The 76ers Camp from a young age, taught me to develop my mind and body as a professional. Both on and off the court, I was constantly learning… constantly growing… and constantly finding myself. The 76ers Camp not only helped shape my on the court decisions, but was very influential in shaping not just the ball player of today, but the overall man. Thank You, 76ers Camp!”

Michael Sturns
Camper 1999-2001
Sun Belt Conference Sixth Man of the Year
CACC Player of the Year/All American
Springfield Armour NBA D-League

"The summer I spent as a Sixers camper was the turning point in my basketball career… I have to let you know that I have been to a lot of basketball camps that call themselves the ‘BEST’ but none of those camps compare to the Sixers Camps. The instruction I received from the many counselors and coaches helped me to reach for the stars and achieve my goal of playing in the NBA."

Malik Rose
Camper 1990-1991
All- American at Drexel University
14 yr NBA career w/Hornets, Knicks & Spurs

"My experience at Sixers Camp helped shape my work ethic and with the drills I learned there I was able to make all my dreams come true"

John Salmons
Camper- 1992-1993
1st rd NBA Draft pick-NBA player with NO Pelicans

"The summers I spent at Sixers Camp were the best summers of my life. It was honestly one of the greatest experiences ever. I learned so many things, and after each summer I spent there, my basketball potential reached new levels. It also meant a lot to me because I made some of the greatest friends that I still talk to all these years later."

Jocelyn Shorell
Camper- 2002-2004
Grad Student Univ. of Albany

"For eight or so summers, I had the best times imaginable. The array of campers, counselors, and staff make for such an eclectic environment which is what makes Sixers Camp so unique—especially with the amount of international kids that attended each summer. The camp allows not only for a great platform to garner basketball skills, but a great way to develop relationships"

Randolph Brown
Camper-1999-2005
Current student at Northeastern University

"For over two decades, I have been fortunate to be associated with the Sixers Camps. For many years, I served as a camp counselor and now I return as a lecturer. It is an outstanding camp that provides great basketball instruction. Great facilities and a place that provides a camp experience that every basketball player would want the opportunity to experience during the summer. It is the type of camp that my son will hopefully attend when he is of the age to play"

Patrick Zipfel
Coach/Counselor – 1990-2007
Assistant Coach/ NBA Advance Scout- Chicago Bulls

"My experiences at 76ers Camp definitely helped me become the person and player I am today. I attended 76ers Camp for 10 summers as a camper and just this past summer as a coach. I always looked forward to those weeks at camp as a child because I knew it was an experience I could not get anywhere else"

Andrew Salop
Camper- 1993-2002
Playing professional basketball in Israel-Sixers Camps Staff member

"When I look back on my childhood, one thing I never will forget were my summers spent in Stroudsburg at Sixers Camp. You learn to love basketball and appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to be a good player.. They gave me tools to not only be a better basketball player on the court, but also a better person off the court. If you love the sport of basketball, this is the place to be"

Ben Kessler
Camper- 2002-2005
Currently works for the 76ers

"Friday morning: you would get up early, eat some French toast, rush to clean your cabin, and then, by 9:30, you’d be walking to your championship game. I went to camp to win, sure, but much more than that: to be part of a team, to be around basketball from dawn to well beyond dusk. Ultimately, I kept returning to Sixers Camp because I met people who I never would have otherwise, and over time built friendships with them, both fellow campers and staff, that I still have today"

Phillip Cohen
Camper- 1997-2004
Yale University

"One of the things I remember most fondly about the 76ers Camp was the chance it gave me to have an identity- both as a person and a basketball player- apart from my older brother Phillip, who also went to the camp. I always loved the chance to compete against him in skills competitions, league games and championships (somehow the occasions when I won stick out more clearly in my mind, funny how that works). More generally, camp gave me the chance to develop my game in a competitive atmosphere that was at once friendly and fierce. "

Dickson Cohen
Camper-1999-2004
UC Berkley Grad Student

"Sixers Camp has brought me so many great memoires that I still cherish today. Not only did I become a much better basketball player while attending camp for several years, but I created many friendships with campers and counselors. Every summer I went to Sixers Camp knowing I’d be able to play some great ball, work hard, and have fun doing it."

Cory Jacobson

5-year camper

Assistant Men's College Basketball Coach, Valley Forge Military Academy

"From the time I was nine until I was seventeen, 76ers Basketball Camp was my summer home. Even though I was never the most gifted basketball player, the work I put in at 76ers Camp provided me with the groundwork to be a successful player. I would often improve more in the 2 weeks at 76ers Camp than I would for the entire rest of the year."

John Kilborne
Camper- 1999-2007
Current works at OFA-Iowa

"Sonny and the Sixers Camps laid the foundation for me. I started as a camper, then a counselor, then a coach. I learned more than just basketball, I was taught that I could be a gentleman off the court, but still be able to snatch the bolts out of the rim on the court. The Sixers Camp is my home. Thank you for the basketball, but more importantly for me, the friends I’ve made and the life lessons"

Marty Eggleston
Sixers Camp Alumni
All American at Kutztown
Played Professional Basketball in Europe
LCCC Head Basketball Coach

"As a Sixers fan, I was very excited when I heard about the camp. I had never been away from home, but I was excited. I got better as a basketball player, but that wasn’t the biggest impact the camp had on me. Our teams, although they only lasted a week, were our family. The camp forced us to get to know our teammates. Our team was everything, and we had to blend together, even when some personalities clashed. This helped me throughout my high school career. Sixers Camp taught me the importance of team."

Greg Comanor
Camper -2002-2006
Analyst Compass Lexecon

"I attended Sixers Camp for five summers in a row beginning when I was just 8 years old. Each time I went, it was truly the highlight of my summer, not just for the basketball but the friends I made with other campers as well as the counselors. It is an experience I hope everyone gets the opportunity to participate in."

Ty Jackson
Camper- 2002-2005

My son has been attending the Sixers Camps both Day and Overnight Camps for the past seven years.  My son has truly enjoyed his experiences over the years and has learned so much.  This year Carl is in the 8th grade and he is 13 years old and is looking forward to continuing his great experience at the Overnight Camp this summer. Since our first Overnight experience, Carl or myself have recommended Sixers Camps to teammates, family members and friends. I want everyone to read and hear from a VERY PLEASED AND SATISFIED PARENT.

Faith Gibson - Parent

"Sixers Camp was not just a dream come true for my boys. They started at the camp as boys and grew to be young men. They had fun and developed basketball skills to be sure. But it was more than just the basketball. They became more responsible and matured.

I treasure my memories of getting to know the boys’ cabin mates, coaches and the staff. I cannot thank you enough. Congratulations to Sonny and Todd. Your great work is evident every day in these young men both on the court and off."

Bruce Cohen
Father of previous campers
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

"I can honestly say that from my time as a camper, to a camper/worker, to a counselor and then to a senior staff member, my experiences at Sixers Camp helped shape me into the individual I am today. I grew not only leaps and bounds as a player, but I became a better individual. "

Greg Haas
Camper- 1994-2004                                                                                                                      

"During my many summers at Sixers Camp, I not only improved my game, but more importantly, I grew as a person. I was able to meet and interact with new people from different social and ethnic backgrounds. Sixers Camp helped me become a better basketball player as well as it taught me valuable life lessons. It was really a great experience. "

Tommy Jackson
Camper- 2003-2005

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