Irish ballers making a Breakthru at 76ers Camp

A team of Breakthru Basketball (BTB) coaches and players are currently Stateside at the Philadelphia 76ers Camp. Conor Gordon, co-founder of Breakthru Basketball, is coaching while one of BTB’s gym rats, Andrew Colfer (Killester U20 & Superleague), is a Camp Counsellor.

The Camp is located in Valley Forge Military Academy, which is about 30 mins outside Philly, and the Irish contigent are there for two full weeks.

Along with Gordon & Colfer is one of BTB’s regular hoop junkies, Robert Keenan. The 16 year-old is a 6’6 small forward for Killester, who is rumoured to have narrowly missed out on a place on Coach Paul Kelleher’s Irish panel.

“I’ve travelled over here to coach at camps in the US to learn new skills, drills, and to develop a network of contacts in America.” Gordon remarked.

Spot the 2-Time NBA Champion...

Spot the 2-Time NBA Champion…

BTB’s was set up by both Conor Gordon and Kevin Foley with the mission of developing intelligent skilled & ambitious basketball players. The goal is to work with the total player from athletic abilities to basketball to mind-set.

“As basketball is a second tier sport in Ireland we feel that it’s vitally important that players are immersed in a culture where basketball is a big deal. We want our young guys to experience how motivated the players are and how hard they work in the US. The biggest challenge is adjusting to the speed of the game and the athleticism, and aggression, of the other players.” – Conor Gordon

Campers listening to Malik Rose

Campers listening to Malik Rose

Rob Keenan, who has just come off a great performance at the camp having won both the freethrow and hot-shot competition, didn’t let the chance to compete and learn with the best in the USA pass him by:

“I have been working out with Breakthru for over a year now and so when I heard they were heading to the states I jumped at the opportunity to go. It’s been a great opportunity to test myself against my peers in America. The standard of the athletes here at the 76ers Camp is at another level and adjusting to the speed of play has been the biggest change from home.”

About

Tony McGaharan

Tony started playing basketball when he was 11, after realising that he couldn’t kick a ball. Enjoying every opportunity to be around the game, Tony has been a player, scorekeeper, referee, coach and MC. In 2009, he coached women's basketball in Sweden for a season with the Umeå Comets (now bought over by Udominate). He then returned home and worked with PeacePlayers International, which uses the game to bring young people together from divided communities. Tony has since taken on a role in Google and has worked in Dublin and Singapore. He is now based out of London, playing for a local London D2 team, the United Nations Basketball Club.

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