By: Carrie HoppeUW-Shobygan CE DepartmentOctober, 2007

Area aspiring basketball stars are invited to participate in a special Basketball Shooting Camp for boys and girls in first through eighth grades on October 27 at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan.  The camp will feature coach, former basketball player and teacher Cheryl Mohr.  Mohr is president and CEO of Higher Level Camps (HLC), an off-season basketball camp program for children in third through 12th grade. In addition to her work with HLC, which attracts participants from all over the state and around the world, Mohr works with the UW-Sheboygan and UW-Fond du Lac Continuing Education Offices to offer such skill-building programs in their local communities.

Mohr has lived and breathed basketball since her childhood in Milwaukee. Here she played for Milwaukee Hamilton High School and was named all-conference, allstate and was a two-time all-American player. She then earned a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Arkansas from 1980-84 where she was a four-time letter winner, second in the nation in free throws and named all-conference.  After college, Mohr spent a year playing basketball professionally with the Columbus Minks and traveled to Brazil and Africa with Athletes in Action, a nonprofit sports-based program that takes sport teams all over the world to share their faith.

Mohr, who is now a wife and mother of two, remains humble about her basketball achievements and attributes her success to her childhood playtime.  “I think back when I was growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and we didn’t have computers and video games, so instead, we went outside and just played,” Mohr said. “We had a lot of boys in our neighborhood, and I had brothers, so we played sports all the time. Sports, including basketball, were just always around.”

Mohr graduated with a double-major in business and coaching and is also a certified teacher. Previously, she worked at Fond du Lac Christian School as a fourth grade teacher and eventually served as the school’s athletic director. A few years ago, she stepped down from her position due to the growing success and demand for her HLC programs and additional camps, such as the upcoming session at UW-Sheboygan.

Mohr’s business philosophy carries through into her outreach sessions at UWSheboygan.  “It’s not about winning or losing, or even playing, it’s about developing skills, ”she said. “I am a firm believer in skill development and never put a win above a player’s development.”

The UW-Sheboygan Basketball Shooting Camp will emphasize skill development, development of a player’s inside and outside game, sportsmanship and teamwork. Mohr believes great shots come from great footwork, so the camp will focus on the basics to help your child develop their offensive game.

The camp is offered as a one-day clinic on October 27 for children in grades first through fourth from 9:00 to 11 a.m. in the UW-Sheboygan Gym. Children in grades fifth through eight grades will be instructed from noon to 3 p.m. the same afternoon.

Early registration is advised as limited spaces are available. Camp fee is $25 per student in the first-fourth grade camp and $30 for those in the fifth-eighth grade program.

For Mohr, offering sessions like this one are just part of being a good parent and teacher. “If a child has a passion for a sport, you try to give them opportunities to develop that and then, as a parent, you are doing what you should be doing, and then it’s up to the child to take it from there,” Mohr said.