Former NBA player shares life lessons at basketball camp for Yukon kids


Channing Smarch wasn’t a Boston Celtics fan until this week. Now, a few days after meeting former Celtics player Damen Bell-Holter, Smarch is donning a brand new Boston baseball cap as he shoots hoops.

“I mean, Damen’s cool … he’s a nice guy. He’s definitely not, like, an intense coach,” Smarch said. 

Smarch was participating this week in a March Break basketball camp with Bell-Holter in Whitehorse. The camp is a partnership between the Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) and the Council of Yukon First Nations. It’s aimed at boys and girls aged eight to 12.

Bell-Holter may not be a tough coach, but Smarch’s regular seventh grade basketball coach is. If you want to play for the team

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