A “different dynamic” than that of the regular season pervades the Maroon & White girls’ basketball team camp now underway at Red Bank Regional High, one of the participating coaches tells Rich Chrampanis of the new video-based website Shore Sports Zone.

With top players from across the state and recruiters from some 30 colleges present in Little Silver, scholarship hopefuls are getting good exposure, and a leg-up from teammates who’ve already committed to particular schools, says RBR girls’ coach James Young, who organized the showcase.

The camp wraps up Thursday. Here’s the lineup:

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play-ballChildren chasing a ball during summer camp at the Red Bank Middle School last month. (Click to enlarge)

After two years of tweaking, an initiative to keep Red Bank kids active and mentally engaged hit its stride this summer, parents and officials say.

For parents, the Summer Enrichment and Recreational Program that ended August 14 had an added benefit: the price, which dropped this year to $75 per child, from up to $300 last year.

That included a half-day of classwork, recreation, field trips and, for some students, two meals a day. And thanks to the juggling of grant monies, Superintendent Laura Morana says the program, based at the middle school, had zero direct impact on taxpayers.

“It was a matter of being quite creative” with funds from several streams, including the federal No Child Left Behind effort and state 21st Century Community Service grants, she said.

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