Paul Webb Basketball Camp on hiatus for first time in 56 years

Posted at 8:14 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 20:14:48-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. This marks a calm summer for Eddie Webb.

Uncharacteristically calm.

"After 55 years I figured it’s probably nice to try something different," Webb said while lounging by the pool in his backyard.

For Webb, different means he won't be coaching alongside his father, Paul, during the annual Paul Webb Basketball Camp, which hasn't taken a year off since 1965.

The coronavirus pandemic is to blame for the cancellation of what would have been the camp's 56th anniversary.

"7 years old on up they’re in camps because they enjoy basketball, they enjoy having fun," Webb said. "One of the things we always try to do is teach them to become better players, teach them to have fundamentals, but you gotta make sure they’re having fun.

"We’ll pick up right where we left off, it’s just a thing where we gotta take a break here.”

This break from basketball is also a break in tradition for many families who have attended the camp year after year to develop their hoops skills during the summer.

"We have families that, kids have been in there for ten years," Webb said "Not only are the kids campers, the parents are campers and its generation after generation.”

While the latest generation is away from the hardwood, Webb has time to relax, but his mind is still on coaching.

"Looking forward to next summer.