Steve Buzzard is entering his 23rd year as director of Buzzardball's Summer Hoop Camp. In 1994, the camp was instituted as a summer program that featured a total of 30 kids over a four-week period. In 2017, Buzzardball finished with a record 451 participants from over 50 different schools in the greater Sacramento area.
In the summer of 1996, the St. Michael's campus went under major construction. With permission, Buzzard took over sole ownership of the camp and moved it over to Arden Church of the Nazarene on Arden Way. This is where Buzzardball started to grow.
The camp then returned to St. Michael's in 2005 and has been there ever since.
His favorite part of Buzzardball are many, but here are a noted few:
1. His coaching staff!
2. All-Star Thursday and Friday
3. The hundreds of different characters that come through our doors each and every summer.
4. The headbands (there is a back story to this one)
5. The Picture Boards: they take time to do, but are always worth it when the coaches want to take a trip down memory lane.
TOPH BUZZARD (7th Year) | The College Graduate is BACK! Graduated in May from Azusa Pacific University with degree in Journalism (graduated from Jesuit High School ... He was the voice of the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods League in the Summer of 2017 and was a broadcaster with KAPU, the student-run station at APU ... Because of dad, Toph grew up in the world of Buzzardball. He, along with brother Max, will be running the 10:00 hour of Buzzardball Monday-Wednesday
MAX BUZZARD (7th Year) | Two years in the college books. His first came at Oregon State. His latest at American River College (graduated from Granite Bay High School '16). He will continue at ARC with his next spring semester in ITALY ... Max, too, has grown up in the world of Buzzardball. He has enjoyed success with a pair of JRNBA Championships as a 3rd and 8th Grader ... was a part of the P.A.L. Championship team with St. Ignatius in 2012 ... Big fan of the Oakland A's and the Oakland Raiders.
CADE JOHNSON (5th Year) | Proud to say that Cade is now a graduate of Rio Americano High School. He will be taking his talents to the University of Arizona in the fall ... Graduated from St. Ignatius School in Sacramento ... 'lifer' at Buzzardball ... has played basketball all four years at Rio Americano HS. Cade has been a part of a Raiders team that won a league championship and went to the playoffs the past two years. ... spent many summers at Buzzardball as a camper and many winters playing in the JRNBA league. Cade, due to his lifetime status in Buzzardball is a member of the Buzzardball Hall of Fame.
NICK SMOLICH (4th Year) | Nick will be a SENIOR at Jesuit High School. Hands down, there is nobody who has attended more summer camps and played in the winter league as much as Nick Smolich. The true lifer in every sense of the word. He's a Buzzardball Hall of Famer and after his days as a camper, it was an easy transition to become an assistant coach.
RYAN BIGELOW (2nd Year) | Ryan will be a JUNIOR at Jesuit High School. He currently plays Varsity Baseball for the Marauders. Like Cade, Ryan was a 'lifer' at Buzzardball as a camper. He also is a member of the Buzzardball Hall of Fame. Really excited to have Ryan on board this summer!
MILAN JAMES (NEW!) (1st Year) | I am really excited to have Milan on board as a coach. Milan is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and has served as a substitute teacher and coach at St. Michael's School (where I am the Athletic Director). She played golf collegiately and LOVES the game of basketball. Milan will be a welcome addition to the Buzzardball Staff.
DYLAN LILLIE (NEW!) (1st Year) | Dylan will be a SENIOR at El Camino High School and is a member of the Eagles Varsity Basketball Team. Dylan volunteered last summer and like many others was once a camper during the summer as well as a member of the Winter League. Welcome aboard Dylan!
OTHERS EXPECTED IN 2018 (All the names you see are INDIVIDUALS who have attended Buzzardball at some point in their youth) | DYLAN WOOD | TREY SCHLINGMANN | HANNAH MALEK | PEYTON JOHNSON | VINCENT MICHELI | HAANYA NIAZI | OLIVER BLACK | RYAN LEE | BEN CONDRIN | HUDSON MEYER | DREW SCHMIDT | CHRISTIAN WATKINS | CONNOR BESSETTE | CADEN VAN COURT | ANDRE VERSPIEREN | TRISTAN CANAAN | COOPER LIPPI | DEMI KAUFMAN