Shortly after finishing his youth basketball camp on the Polk State campus in Winter Haven. Head Basketball Coach Brandon Giles jetted off to Marseilles, France, to add his teaching skills to the Baz'n Camp.
Held July 8-14, the camp aims to train young basketball players while also giving them a look at the life of a professional athlete.
Giles, who played pro basketball in Germany, helped with the camp's organizational structure, ran drills, and trained pro players.
"I also helped French kids learn English through basketball," he said.
"You can always learn from another culture, and I saw amazing self-discipline in the campers. They worked hard, never complained, and still wanted more work at end of day.
"They were eager to learn and they valued American coaching."
Giles says he plans to use some of the pro drills from the Baz'n Camp with his players at Polk State.
For Giles, the camp experience also offered great recruiting and networking opportunities while giving him a chance to meet influential people in the French basketball community.
"Coach Giles's involvement was useful not only with the young players but also with the professional players," said Nassim Baziz, camp director.
"They really appreciated the practices with him and his work mentality."