Special Feature: Coach Paul Brown

Coach Paul Brown Brings Summer Basketball to Area Churches


It’s becoming a summer tradition for area churches to become home to the basketball camps of Coach Paul Brown. “Coach Brown is patient, fair and fun. He understands the various developmental stages of young children and maximizes their capacity to learn basketball,” says Dawn Corley, Director of Activities at Green Valley Baptist Church adding, “Kids have the opportunity to learn basketball in a positive environment from individuals who truly know how to teach the game.”

Brown’s experience includes coaching at the college level for 17 years, including two National Championships as an assistant at Birmingham- Southern College. He also led the Men’s National Team of Luxembourg to a Bronze Medal in the Olympics of Small Countries. Most recently he has turned his attention to teaching younger players the valuable fundamentals needed to be successful at a higher level. “It is always exciting to see players we have worked with have success in their basketball career,” says Brown noting, “The State Champion Homewood Basketball team had players that we had worked with since second grade.

Brown has become increasingly in demand for holiday and summer basketball camps for boys and girls ages 6 to 13. What started at one church ten years ago has become four weeks of camp during the summer, plus school holiday camps offered at three area churches, including Green Valley Baptist, Trinity United Methodist and Riverchase United Methodist. “Coach Brown’s summer session was a great camp and I was pleased with the continued growth,” explains Bob O’Neil, former Recreation Director at Riverchase UMC and the parent of a camper. “Coach Brown’s camps are designed to nurture physical activity, increase skill level, make friends and just have fun!” Brown says he deliberately decided to run his camps in a church setting. “We have partnered with churches to offer a safe, positive and caring atmosphere in which to teach children.”

The takeaway from the camps is particularly appreciated by parents and campers. “Seeing a coach get excited about children and greeting them every day with a smile is such a comfort as a parent, I love how he knows about the kids and what they like and encourages them along the way even if they are struggling or having a hard time,” says Bethany Terrell. Jennifer Carter exclaims,My son has had the opportunity to participate in several of Coach Brown’s camps over the years. Not only does he have a great time, but each time he comes away with new skills and increased confidence. Coach Brown is the real deal! It’s obvious that he genuinely loves the game of basketball as well as the kids he teaches.”

“Many of the drills we do at camp are ones that the child can practice at home,” says Brown adding, “My philosophy for our camps is to teach fundamentals and skills in a positive environment and I believe it is important to instill confidence and understanding of the game of basketball in each child.” Brown emphasizes to parents that in choosing any camp it is important to understand the camp’s philosophy and make sure it reflects the values and beliefs you are teaching at home. To learn more about Coach Brown’s Summer Basketball Camps and 2017 opportunities visit CoachPaulBrown.com. †

Coach Paul Brown’s summer basketball camps received praise from church leadership and parents like Corinne Chapman, “My boys have both participated in multiple Paul Brown camps. They enjoy learning basketball fundamentals in a fun, competitive environment; and I like that Coach Brown provides a positive and safe place to learn more about basketball.”

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