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NorthWood graduate Lindsey Steffen (right) challenges a camper in a ball-handling drill during Steffen's inaugural girls basketball camp at the Tolson Center in Elkhart on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Steffen will direct camp sessions at Tolson again this summer. (J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)

Jayden Malone, 9, jokes with Todd Johnson (right) as fellow coaches Jerron Jamerson (left) and Jyrron Cooper laugh during the boys basketball camp led by Johnson on Friday, Aug. 9, 1013 at the Tolson Center. Johnson, an Elkhart Memorial alum and current Northern Kentucky University player, will lead camp sessions again this summer at Tolson. (Julia Moss/The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Lindsey Steffen, Todd Johnson to lead Tolson Center youth basketball camps again
Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

ELKHART — Lindsey Steffen and Todd Johnson are reprising their roles as directors of youth basketball camps at the city-operated Tolson Center, and the value pricing of a year ago is being reprised as well.

Steffen, the former NorthWood High and Holy Cross College standout, will conduct her second annual girls camps Thursday, July 31, and Friday, Aug. 1.

Johnson, the ex-Elkhart Memorial star who is heading into his junior season at Northern Kentucky University, will steer the second annual boys camps Thursday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 8.

The camps, each running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., are just $5 each, which includes T-shirt, lunch, instruction and more.

In a change from a year ago, the camps will be divided by grades. The camp for girls entering grades 3-5 is July 31, the camp for girls entering grades 6-8 is Aug. 1, the camp for boys entering grades 3-5 is Aug. 7, and the camp for boys entering grades 6-8 is Aug. 8.

A year ago, the inaugural camps lasted six hours. This year, each camp will last four.

“We’re going to try to keep the kids busier, make it more fun and not let it get boring towards the end,” Steffen said of reasons for the shorter sessions, with another reason being that the camps are indeed divided into those two sets of grades.

Steffen, who wrapped up her Holy Cross career this past season, is a summer program coordinator at Tolson. She said she is likely going to take a year off from school before beginning pursuit of a master’s degree in social work.

For the NAIA Division II Saints, Steffen ranked first or second on the team in both scoring and rebounding all four of her years, with averages ranging from 12.9 to 15.3 for scoring and 8.1 to 10.0 for rebounding. She was Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year runner-up as a sophomore and was twice chosen to the All-CCAC first team.

Johnson, who started the first 23 games last season, averaged 8.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals for NKU as a sophomore before missing the final seven games due to a high ankle sprain. The Norse went 9-21 in their second year as a member of NCAA Division I, including 1-6 after Johnson was sidelined.

Those expected to help Steffen with her camp this year include former Memorial standout Akyah Taylor and current Central coach Will Coatie.

Those who assisted Johnson last year included ex-Charger teammates Urston Smith, Jyrron Cooper, Antonio Sanders and Jaron Davis.

The inaugural boys camp drew about 40 players and the inaugural girls camp 35.

Registration forms for the camps are available at the Tolson Center, 1320 Benham Ave. Camp-day registrations will be accepted beginning at 8:30 a.m. each of the four days. For more information, call the Tolson Center at 574-295-6456.