AAU Boys Basketball National Tournament
Memphis, TN - June 29 - July 6, 2008

Rising Stars has been providing teams with a opportunity to compete nationally for over twenty years. Rising Stars is a charter member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Basketball Congress of America (BCI), and the Youth Basketball Organization of America (YBOA).

National Program Director Dan Gimpel oversees the process and has been doing so for over 10 years. Dan has been a product of the program as a player and now directs every aspect of team activity for the organization.

Rising Stars sees competition as a way to apply the skills developed in its instructional camps and clinics. Competition begins following the K-4 instructional clinic and is available throughout high school. During this time Rising Stars ultimate goal is to provide kids enrolled in the program with continuity. Teamwork, sportsmanship, and the benefits of hard work, are recognized and rewarded with the knowledge that players remain with the teams they began with. Grade point average and performance in school, the role they play in the community, and all aspects of life off the court are equally important to the skills demonstrated on the court.

Rising Stars goal is to keep the players they begin with, not replace them throughout the years. That is one of the most important aspects that makes Rising Stars different. Another is the quality of staff. Every one of our coaches is a teaching professional, has played at the college level, and has coached at the high school level or higher.

Through the AAU Rising Stars provides all players with the opportunity of college exposure through tournaments and leagues throughout the spring and summer. Rising Stars has a long list of relationships with divisions 1,2, 3 colleges. Over the past 2 years over 20 kids have gone to play at the college level.

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Rising Stars Camps
Rising Stars Camps

Rising Stars has been offering the finest day and overnight camps for over 25 years. Past staff and speakers reads like a who's who of basketball. Past coaching staff has included Jeff & Stan Van Gundy, Rick Pitino, Tom Penders, Bobby Cremins, and Jim Valvano. Past special guests have included, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Steve Nash. Our instructional programs have also been the feature attraction at many other camps across the country, including the prestigious Michael Jordan Camps.

Rising Stars Day Camps are considered to be among the finest available anywhere in the world.

Each camp strictly limits its enrollment to fewer than 75 boys and girls with a 5:1 coach to player ratio assuring each child receives the individual attention they need to improve. All games and instructional sessions are conducted indoors and on regulation courts. A special bonus is having all games officiated by three professional referees from the Rising Stars officials school.

Every area needed for skills improvement is presented in a matter that makes it fun for a child to learn. At a Rising Stars camp learning is also complemented through playing in controlled scrimmages which gives campers a great opportunity to apply what they have learned in game situations. Please click here for a look at a Rising Stars flyer.

Summer Camp Brochure | Summer Camp Sign-Up | E-mail Us

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Alabama 2010
Greater Alabama Boyscouts Clinic 2010

Rising Stars has been a pioneer in interactive clinics for boys and girls for over 25 years.

Our clinics have been offered At Walt Disney Sports, The Michael Jordan Camps, H.S, Colleges and to a host of Recreational Youth Programs throughout the country and across the world.

Rising Stars provides specialized, skill specific, instructional clinics for boys and girls from the elementary to high school level. These clinics can be one or two days or they can be a full year's program. We provide you with the highest level of professional instruction available from the beginners' level, to the advanced skill level used to train top college and NBA players.

The Rising Stars clinics have a simple philosophy. Tell them, and they will forget, Show them, and they may remember, INVOLVE them and they will understand!

Each Rising Stars clinic puts an emphasis on each child's involvement making them a part of the learning experience. We believe in learning by doing. We limit enrollment to assure that each child has a ball in their hands for the best basketball teaching environment possible.

Rising Stars specializes in the introduction of basketball to K-4th graders in a manner that is both fun and easy to understand. The Rising Stars elementary clinics are second to none and a model for instruction at that level.

Rising Stars will come direct to your community to provide you with the highest level of teaching and instruction. Every clinic and instructional program is designed with you in mind and can be customized to fit any of your programs needs.

For additional information on our clinic and specialized skill instructional programs please click here to e-mail us

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LuHi & Rising Stars

LuHi Summer Camps
LuHi Summer Camps are a lot of fun!

Rising Stars is one of the finest programs available to successfully improve basketball skills. It has been the featured instructional program at NBA camps (including the Michael Jordan camps) and various college camps across Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean. The program is unique in that it is totally interactive - players learn everything by doing.

The camp is headed by our Director, Dan Gimpel. Coach Gimpel brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to LuHi. As the National Director of Rising Stars, Dan has worked at every level of basketball development. In addition to training Rising Stars players, Dan also trains Rising Stars coaches. He succeeds in improving players' skills and directs Rising Stars camps and teams throughout the year. He represents Rising Stars as a sought after clinician throughout the country. Dan was a 4 year starter for Adelphi and was an All American, scoring over 1000 points in his career there. He was one of the youngest players to be inducted into Adelphi's Hall of Fame

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:30: Attendance & Stretch
  • 9:45: Introduction of Skill of the Day
  • 10:00: Break for courts
  • 10:15: Stations: Skill of the Day
  • 11:10: AM Games
  • 12:10: Lunch and Free Swim
  • 1:15: Introduction of Afternoon Skill
  • 1:30: Break to courts
  • 1:35: PM Stations
  • 1:50: 1 on 1 Tournament
  • 2:10: PM Games
  • 3:10: Dismissal for Canteen and Free Swim


June 25 to July 6


$1025 for the session.

Lunch is available for an additional $60 per session.

Age Level

Boys entering grades 4 through 12.

LuHi Rising Stars Camp Page | LuHi Enrollment Page

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AAU Boys Basketball National Tournament
Memphis, TN - June 29 - July 6, 2008

Rising Stars offers a variety of instructional and training programs throughout the year for both teams and individuals.

Training Programs include private ( 1: 1), semi-private (2 to 3 people), group (4 or more), and teams. These programs are designed to help individuals, and or teams, develop specific fundamental skills and show them how to apply them in game situations. These skills will provide that extra advantage needed to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Programs are available for boys and girls from 3rd grade to the collegiate level. These programs are customized to the individual.

They combine travel team competition with personal evaluations and analysis of game play throughout the year.

All Rising Stars instructors and trainers have either played or coached at the college level and higher.

All instructors and trainers are certified physical educators with a specialization in basketball.

All instructors receive additional preparation and training by master clinicians with over 30 years of player development experience at the professional level.

The Rising Stars program has been proven to work for the past 25 years. Each year Rising Stars players go on to excel at the high school level, and play at the collegiate level and higher, with some who have go on to the NBA and overseas.

Classes are held at the Buckley School on Long Island, or can be arranged at sites convenient to you.

The heart of individual instruction is the individual.

The most important issue is your child's complete satisfaction with our program.

We are 100% committed to that satisfaction and we stand by the Rising Stars guarantee with 100% confidence.

If you are not completely satisfied with your lesson and do not feel that what we offer is the best program you have seen, your lesson is free.

For more information please click here to e-mail us. A program will be tailored to meet your needs.

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How Do I Enroll?

How to enroll


Write a brief essay and e-mail it to Mr. Dan Gimpel telling us a little about yourself, your family, the school you attend (including your grade level, favorite subject, grade point average, hobbies, basketball experience and extracurricular activities) and most importantly, why you would like to become a Rising Star.

We will e-mail you back and schedule a phone conference with you and your parent(s) to begin the process

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