CEDAR RAPIDS — The strange, new world of name, image and likeness compensation for college athletes went to a comfortable place for five Iowa men’s basketball players this weekend.
Austin Ash, Connor and Patrick McCaffery, and Keegan and Kris Murray were employed instructors Saturday and Sunday at a basketball camp for kids from grades 4 through 8. About 50 kids, including a few girls, were present Saturday and seemed pretty serious about learning from accomplished experts.
The “Back to School Camp” was held at the Game On 380 Sports complex in northeast Cedar Rapids. For $160, campers were taught by the players. The camp was under the supervision of Sam Elgin, a Cedar Rapids-based basketball trainer who played at Upper Iowa University. He who worked with Ash and Connor McCaffery several years ago.
“This is more on a friendship level,” Connor McCaffery said about his involvement in the camp. “Sam does good stuff.