The Ultimate Spin Basketball Camp


The Ultimate Spin Basketball Camp!

Camp serves kids ages 6-17 years old.
FREE lunch is served to all players.

A 4 days co-ed basketball camp that not only teaches the fundamentals of basketball, but also focuses on key life lessons.

August 5-8, 2019

Susquehanna Township Middle School:
801 Wood Street
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Ages 6-8:
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Ages 9-17:
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Camp Directors

There are a special few individuals that can earn the title of “playground legend.” Thanks to his dazzling ball handling ability, locomotive-like speed, and a world class showmanship, Arnold “A-Train” Bernard is one such basketball player. Despite standing only 5’6″ A-Train has been a showstopper throughout his career.

A native of the Bronx, New York, A-Train was a boyhood star for the Gouchos AAU Basketball Team, which won a national championship and provided a young A-Train with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through New York on its way to the 1984 Olympics.

A-Train’s high school career was also illustrious. In first teaming up with future star, Rod Strickland, in the backcourt at Harry S. Truman High School, winning a state championship.  He then transferred to Xaverian Lutheran. It was here that he became an All-City player and led his team to a New York City championship over another New York City playground legend, Kenny Anderson. Even though he went on to play against many greats in the NBA, Kenny called A-Train one of the toughest players he ever had to f ace because of his quickness, ball-handling ability and court savvy. Showing that he can both swish and dish, A-Train set a school record with 28 assists to go with his 24 points during a game in his senior season.

From there A-Train went on to San Jacinto Junior College, one of the top junior college basketball programs in the country. As a sophomore, he led his team to third place in the National Junior College Tournament and lost to Odessa College, led by former NBA All-Star Larry Johnson. In finishing his collegiate career at Southwest Missouri College (of the Missouri Valley Conference), A-Train went on to average 11 points and 11 assists per game as a senior, was named an honorable mention All-American,and led his “Cinderella” team to the NCAA Tournament against powerhouse North Carolina. A-Train’s cinderella story was just getting started on the hardwood.A-Train was recruited directly out of college by the Harlem Globetrotters and played with them from 1990-1998. He traveled all over the world and even got to meet Nelson Mandela during the team’s visit to South Africa. In 2001 A-Train won a Nike competition that crowned him the best ball-handler in New York City. He then went on to star in the highly-popular “Freestyle” television ads that aired nationally. He has also appeared in other Nike television ads with Lebron James, Vince Carter, and Snoop Dogg. A-Train signed a contract with Nike and stayed with them for 5 years. Other television appearances include, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The TV show Hanging with Mr. Cooper, and the MTV Music Awards performing with rap artist Jay Z.

He still continues to tour all over the world, but every single year he comes to Harrisburg, PA to be the Co- Director of The Ultimate Spin Basketball Camp.

Chris “Handles” Franklin is currently living his lifelong dream and his story serves as a testimony to all that dreams are attainable with hard work and persistence.

Chris played high school basketball at Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he was named to the Patriot News’ Big 15.  He received a scholarship to play basketball at Lock Haven University where he finished second all-time assist leader and ranked top 10 in the nation in assists and steals.  While he held a consistent commitment to basketball, Chris always valued the importance of an education.  He graduated from Lock Haven with a BSW and then went on to earn an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998.

After graduating with a Master’s degree, He decided to pursue his lifelong dream.  He traveled and toured on several professional teams trying to find his way.  He received his first real break as a replacement in a Nike competition that featured the top dribblers in the country competing for the honor of being known as the “best ball-handler in the world”.  Judged by several NBA all-stars, Chris received a perfect score of all 10’s and won 1st place in the competition.  He was then asked by Nike to participate in the ground breaking “Freestyle” commercial.  The commercial went on to win 12 awards and became a phenomenon.  Chris went on to receive a contract with Nike and filmed several popular commercials including “Dr. Funk” with NBA player Vince Carter and LeBron James’ very first commercial entitled, “King James”.  Known as one of the best dribblers in the world, Chris stayed with Nike for 4 years as a contracted athlete.  Eventually he would come to live his lifelong dream, which he is still currently doing.

Chris has traveled to 69 countries around the world.  He has appeared on several TV shows including The Wendy Williams Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Sweetie Pie’s, and Specials on the WB network and ESPN.  During All-Star weekend in 2009 Chris played in the Celebrity basketball game on ESPN along side some of the industries biggest celebrities where he was the player of the game.  He has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of influential people, from rap artist Jay Z, to billionaire Warren Buffet.  He lists one of his greatest experiences as getting invited to the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll event where he played basketball with President Barack Obama.


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