Ibrahim Baydoun brings annual youth basketball clinic to Star International Academy – Press and Guide

Star International boys varsity basketball head coach Ibrahim Baydoun, gray, breaks up a huddle to wrap up day three of a free youth basketball clinic at the local Dearborn Heights school on June 26, 2024. (MADISON HOOL – for MediaNews Group)

DEARBORN HEIGHTS — You’d be hard-pressed to find a figure more entrenched in the basketball world than Ibrahim Baydoun in the Dearborn and Dearborn Heights area.

The man known as ‘Juice’ has made a consistent effort throughout his life to share his passion for the sport. This also includes an annual youth basketball clinic designed to teach and promote the game to the younger generation in the area.

Although it now has a new home, the traditions and goals of the week remain the same for Baydoun.

“It’s incredible, I’m really enjoying it. It’s such a blessing to reach the kids and give back to the community. They bring back memories of a lifetime.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Day 3 of the youth basketball clinic at Star International Academy in Dearborn Heights

Wednesday was day three of Baydoun’s four-day basketball clinic at Star International Academy in Dearborn Heights. Each day of the clinic is split into two sessions, one reserved for children in grades 3-5, while the final group accommodates grades 6-8.

Each session has about a dozen participants, each of whom takes home a free complementary T-shirt and basketball.

Much like the trajectory of his own playing and coaching career, growth and development at Baydoun’s clinic are front and center for the youth. It is what the experienced coach is most proud of during those three hours a day.

“It’s seeing the kids grow and develop,” Baydoun said. “Starting with the basics, they continue to improve and get better and better every day. And we have fun, we want to put a smile on the kids’ faces. That’s the blessing in disguise.”

Campers work on a variety of basketball skills every day at Baydoun. It shows the basics such as dribbling and shooting, while also covering some of the more conditioning and footwork techniques.

Star International Academy boys varsity basketball coach Ibrahim Baydoun cheers on kids during a 5-on-5 scrimmage to conclude day three of a four-day youth basketball clinic in Dearborn Heights on June 26, 2024. (MADISON HOOL – For MediaNews Group)

As the week progresses, the basics practice turns into competitions, which Baydoun says the players have enjoyed over the years. It will result in the hardware being distributed at the end of camp on Thursday.

“I bought them trophies,” Baydoun said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, I know they always look forward to that.”

That series of exercises ultimately culminates in scrimmages between the participants. It starts with shortened 3-on-3 matches before building up to the more traditional 5-on-5 setting.

“We start with the basics on days one and two,” Baydoun said. “And then here on day three we start doing things like working with two basketballs, things that are a little bit more challenging.

“That’s what we want to do: challenge the kids to get better every day.”