About Hoop Dreams Camp

Fun Facts

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    The Biggest!

    Over 6000 kids come through Elite Camps programs each year

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    OCA & OBA Member

    We are a member of the Ontario Basketball Association and we also have been an accredited Ontario Camping Association member since 1999.

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    The Only!

    We are Canada’s first basketball-only overnight camp

History

Elite Camps has been running year-round basketball camps and programs  since 1999.

Facilities

Our location is the South Bruce Peninsula, just 2.5 hours from Toronto.

About Us

Elite Camps was founded by Stephanie Rudnick in 1999. We believe in the power that the combination of basketball and overnight camp can help to teach children and youth vital life lessons, and our program is designed to purposely deliver those life lessons.

Our business is aimed at parents with children aged 9-17 who want their kids to improve at basketball, grow as people, and have fun in a safe and supportive outdoor setting.

Rudnick Family 2022

Founding Owner of Elite Camps / Director of Hoop Dreams

Stephanie Rudnick

Stephanie founded Elite Camps in 1999. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Physical and Health Education Program with a Physical and Health Education degree and is a Level Two NCCP-certified coach. While at the University of Toronto, Stephanie spent four years playing for the Women’s Varsity Blues basketball team.

Throughout this career, her team captured two provincial titles and a silver medal at the 1996 Canadian University National Championships. In her final season with the Blues, Stephanie was named an Ontario University (OUA) All-Star.

Stephanie has also had international level playing experience representing Canada at the 1997 Maccabi Games in Israel.

Once Stephanie completed her playing career, her focus shifted to improving the skills of Canadian basketball players. Stephanie created Elite Camps to achieve this goal.

Camp Owner

David Rudnick

David has been involved with Elite Camps since its inception in 1999.  He has been part of the full-time team since 2008.

He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is the Founder and Head Strength Coach of Progressive Performance training (PPT).

Outside of Elite, David is the head coach of a rep basketball team in the Northern Kings organization.

David played for the McGill University men’s basketball team during his undergraduate studies and went on to obtain B.Sc. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Toronto. At Elite he is continuously working on ways to improve our skill development techniques, our programs offered, and our business processes and technology operations.

Kevin

Operations Manager

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones adds incredible value to the Elite Camps team as the previous property owner and facility manager of Camp Selah -  a Christian retreat centre that predated the Elite Camps Outdoor Leadership Centre in Wiarton. Kevin’s strengths are multidimensional as he is experienced in many fields. Most recently, Kevin was a Chief Executive Officer, bringing experience within a non-profit organization and skills related to budgeting, customer service, coaching, and strategic planning. Kevin was also an information technology professional, and holds an accredited Nutritional Management Certification from the Canadian Healthcare Association with a focus in Long Term Care. Kevin’s experiences also include being employed as a red seal chef as well as a prior member of the Canadian armed forces.

Ishana

Strategic Assistant To Director

Ishana Kelneric

Ishana adds incredible value to the Elite Camps team by always going above and beyond for our athletes, families, and staff. Ishana has a diploma in Behavioural Science Technology and has worked as a behavioural therapist for several years. From September to May Ishana supports the full-time team in planning for the upcoming Hoop Dreams season & helping families through the registration process. During the summer Ishana supports our Hoop Dreams bussing program and onsite admin team.

Her love for basketball paired with her passion to help others makes her an asset to the Elite Camps Wiarton team.