- Advertisement -
Home Sports Scott Biven's message to Scott High campers: Live for others

Biven’s message to Scott High campers: Live for others

TV personality Russell Biven speaks to participants at Scott High School’s basketball skills camp on Monday, July 12, 2021 | Ben Garrett/IH

More: Photo gallery from SHS Basketball Skills Camp

HUNTSVILLE — Russell Biven’s message to young basketball players at Scott High School Monday morning: Live for others before yourself.

“If we’re not living for other people, we’re not living,” the former television personality told the dozens of youth assembled for the first day of Scott High’s Basketball Skills Camp. “Work hard today. Treat somebody good today that you don’t even know. Encourage somebody today that you don’t even know.”

- Advertisement -

Biven was the featured speaker for the annual skills camp, which began with younger grades Monday morning and was to have transitioned to older graders in the afternoon. He recently retired from WBIR TV in Knoxville and is engaged as a motivational speaker.

A basketball coach himself, Biven is somewhat connected to Scott High in that he coaches Highlander senior point guard Trey Morrow on the AAU circuit.

Biven told the campers at Scott High that there are three things basketball does: it is a positive sport that keeps kids away from negative things, it forces you to get better, and it teaches teamwork.

Biven called Chicago Bull great Michael Jordan the best basketball player who has ever played the game.

“Do you know what Michael Jordan did every summer?” he asked. “He picked one skill (to focus on). Maybe one summer he said, ‘I’m gonna get better with my left hand.’ And the next summer he said, ‘I’m gonna get tougher and be more physical.’ And the summer after that he worked on his turn-around jump shot.

“If you want to improve and have the most fun you can have in basketball, you have to get better,” Biven said.

Scott High senior guard Luke West instructs youth at the Highlander Skills Camp on Monday, July 12, 2021 | Ben Garrett/IH

Biven pointed to Morrow as an example of teamwork in basketball.

“Trey is on my team with players from all over,” he said. “We have one player from Puerto Rico. We have players of different colors. We have players from different schools. And they all play together as a team.”

The Highlander skills camp will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday before disbanding. Players in grades 6-8 will register for camp beginning at noon on Monday, before beginning their first session at 1 p.m. The cost is $60 per camper, which includes a t-shirt. There are discounts available for multiple campers from the same household.

Independent Herald
Contact the Independent Herald at newsroom@ihoneida.com. Follow us on Twitter, @indherald.
- Advertisement -

Join our mailing list

We will not sell or spam your email address.

- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

10,239FansLike
1,280FollowersFollow
1,692FollowersFollow

The Latest

Obituary: Dawn Willis Foster, 50

Dawn Renahue Willis Foster, of Winfield, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida. She was...

Obituary: Freddie Sexton, 46

Freddie Sexton, of Robbins, passed away on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 at the Roane Medical Center in Harriman, Tenn. He was 46. Life: Born Dec....

Obituary: Misty Watson Smith, 44

Misty Dawn Watson Smith went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at the Big South Fork Medical...

Obituary: Rosemary Clark, 73

Rosemary Clark, of Oneida, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at the Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida. She was 73. Life: Rosemary...
- Advertisement -

Related Stories

Kolby Morgan’s lesson for kids back home: Reach for the stars

When the Independent Herald reported last December that Oneida standout Kolby Morgan would likely wind up at the University of Tennessee, one well-meaning reader...

Football: Oneida defeats York in key region game, 21-10

JAMESTOWN — Oneida was able to overcome a York rally at the start of the third quarter with two late touchdown runs, covering...

Soccer: Oneida falls to Cumberland Gap, 6-3

Cumberland Gap locked up a second consecutive regular season championship in District 3-A — and, more importantly, home field advantage in the postseason, with...

Huntsville’s Myah Sharp, Matthew Phillips win middle school cross country meet

HUNTSVILLE — For the third time in as many meets, Huntsville’s Myah Sharp won the Scott County Middle School cross country meet on the...

Softball: Laxton named head coach at Oneida High School

Dava Laxton has been named head softball coach at Oneida High School, Principal Stacy Love announced Wednesday. Joining Laxton’s staff will be Lori Marcum, Richica...
- Advertisement -