by Amber Bartley
A loud buzzer sounds as coaches yell, a lone basketball bounces away and some determined and exhausted kids do five more push-ups.
For three days, FC has become a temporary home to former University of Louisville players Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Luke Hancock and Tim Henderson. Tim Barnett and former FC basketball coach Mark Lieberman run and coach the camp. Younger “ballers,” ages six to ten, take the court from 9 to 11 while older players go from 2 to 6 in the afternoon.
“When you have Peyton, Russ, Luke, and Tim around, it means a lot to all these kids. It’s special because the instruction that these guys give them when they’re around the whole time, it’s a memory that these kids will never forget,” said Lieberman.
Siva said he likes to see the campers interact with some of the players they grew up watching.
“I enjoy the excitement of the kids. I just get a chance to really hang out with them and play alongside of them. They came to a lot of our games when we played at Louisville. It just gives them a chance to be up close and personal and enjoy playing on the court with us,” said Siva.
Kids dribble the ball at a station.
Smith glances at fellow basketball coaches.
Campers do more push ups.
Junior Lauren Titus stands with little brother Jacob,
Siva holds the ball and laughs at a comment as current University of Louisville basketball player Zach Price walks by.
Siva poses for a photo.
Siva plays against campers following snack time.
Titus feeds her brother a granola bad during snack time.
Siva does warm ups along with campers.
Lieberman teaches as a camper holds a ball up.
Siva prepares to pass a ball.
Barnett holds up a 20 dollar bill that Jose Gonzalez will later win.
Siva celebrates after making a shot.
Rashad Hayden does push-ups as campers watch.
Siva comforts a camper that was hit by another camper.
Henderson plays against a camper during snack time.
Peyton Siva Sr. laughs with former University of Louisville basketball star Kyle Kuric.
Siva jokes with Kyle Kuric.
Campers wait for instruction.
Kuric dunks as Siva and campers watch.
Smith coaches teach a drill.
Siva signs a shirt for a camper.
Price instructs young players.
Campers play a game on the last day.
Henderson, Smith, Kuric, and Zach Price prepare to sign apparel and basketballs.
The players pose for photos with campers.
Peyton Siva Sr. stands with a camper and takes a photo.
The players laugh.
The players and Jose Gonzalez pose for a photo.
Henderson and Kuric sign different items for fans.
A camper poses with players.
Siva poses with Jacob Titus.