University of District of Columbia (UDC) women’s head basketball coach Lester “Jay” Butler believes in the importance of giving back to the community that supports you. That’s why he and his staff at UDC hosted a basketball camp for the youths of D.C.

Butler held the first session of his second annual Jay Butler Basketball Camp on the campus of UDC from June 25-29, inviting both boys and girls ranging in age from 7-17-years-old.

According to Butler, the week-long camp consisted of a number of basketball drills and workouts emphasizing fundamental skill development such as defense, boxing out, and footwork. The campers also competed in daily scrimmages and contests, emphasizing a team-friendly atmosphere.

“All camp drills and instruction were led by qualified instructors ranging from former UDC players to myself,” Coach Butler said. “At the conclusion of each camp day, one lucky camper was selected as “Camper of the Day” and one selected as “Camper of the Week.” All campers received certificates of completion upon dismissal on the last day.”

UDC assistant coach Robin Williams, a former two-year Firebird captain and 2008 Reslyn W. Henley Memorial Award recipient, said the camp’s first session was a great success.

“The kids were great, and I feel they learned a lot from the skill instruction they received at camp,” Williams said. “It was evident from each individual camper’s improvement from the first day until the last that they benefitted greatly from their experience with us. I am excited about the next session, and I’m looking forward to seeing some returning campers as well as a lot of new faces.”

Butler will host the second session of his camp from July 30 to August 3. Butler said the session is expected to draw large numbers, with many campers returning from the first session, so youths interested are encouraged to register early.

All information and camp details including the daily schedule is available online on the University’s athletics website: udcfirebirds.com.

A native of Washington D.C., Butler graduated from Archbishop Carroll High in 1992 where he earned All-Metro honors and Honorable Mention All-American. Butler won three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball championships as a member of Virginia Union University’s men’s basketball team.

He went on to coach UDC’s women’s basketball team to more than 100 wins, two Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) national championships, two ICAA Coach of the Year awards and one NCAA Tournament appearance.

Butler is also a member of various organizations including the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association.