Director of basketball camp KASTA – Srđan Stojanović

The first 20 years!

We passed through kindergarten, primary and secondary school. Successfully graduated, we entered university. Now, we are good in studying, year for year, trying to graduate, enter master studies… And so, we become 20 years old. We celebrate the great and beautiful jubilee.

When in 1998 the first KASTA International Basketball Camp was organized, nobody thought of such a jubilee. And then, same as now, we had to work a lot and devotedly. And so all the past 19 years. To pass through the camp about 23.000 happy campers (as many inhabitants has some city in Serbia), and more than 550 clubs, about 800 coaches… it must be deserved!!! And the merit has acquired by respecting the profession above all, with a careful selection of every coach, by respecting every camper and every moment spent at the camp, and by respecting preparations for the next camp which start as soon as the previous camp has completed. And so that’s 20 times. For campers to come and to come back again. And those who have made a great careers come now as promoters, proudly, without question, and from the heart… And those who have been here many years ago now talk about to their little boys and girls what it was like when they were kids on KASTA. And tomorrow these little boys and girls will come perhaps to thirtieth’s KASTA, and they will talk about it to their own kids and … so on. And KASTA runs. and will continue, and will be even better and more beautiful. And a lot of water will flow in the rivers but KASTA will grow and strengthen. It will be older and more experienced, with more nad more qualities and better known. And the fact that from the very beginning we operate with quality mark of BASKETBALL FEDERATION of SERBIA and that the MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORT recognized and approved our project “WITH BASKETBALL TO STARDOME” under special programs in the field of sport aimed at the realization of the objectives set out by the Strategy for development of sports in the Republic of Serbia, represents large and the status thing and only confirms extremely good organizational and professional work in the previous years. And we recognize that it matters.

KASTA became system. Not only part of the system of basketball camps in Serbia but a system that represents a benchmark. We have the luck that we are not alone. We are not an isolated island. Yet many works what KASTA do, dealing with children and organizing camps. We respect all and appreciate everybody’s work, wishing them to last. But we also show how to last and what has to be done to last. And matters. Duration and tradition are measure of values. We will not get tired in our duration. We work on that through KASTA camp pass as many campers as the population of a larger city in Serbia, to pass through as many clubs and coaches as the greatest basketball power has. To come, to pass through, and to come back again. And it is a measure of value. If only we counted how many campers have returned, how many coaches were in more than one shift and in many years, that would be the number…

It has long been since KASTA went out over the borders of Serbia. With the quality and values that it promotes. The quality of KASTA International Basketball Camp have been recognized so far by 22.973 campers from 42 countries. We make KASTA Atlas of the world. The farthest destination from where we had campers, the largest number of campers from one country, the longest stay… World adventurers would envy us. We have been in so many countries and the children of all these countries had come with us. It is our diplomacy. To promote with competent work and hospitality not only KASTA basketball camp, but also our country, basketball profession, culture, customs… To acquaint world with us and us with the world. High quality sites not only for training but also for the health of campers, hotel accommodation and friendly service, nutrition, sports complex, indoor swimming pool, permanent and professional medical supervision, beautiful accessories… represent our long term recognizable values. Our slogan ‘’SA KOŠARKOM DO ZVEZDA’’ is translated into many languages and on all continents. On the map of basketball camps in the world KASTA camp has its own badge. Now engolden for the twentieth time.

This page is too small for writing about everything what KASTA represents now. We will have to make an effort to write the book. About KASTA camp formaly, but actually about people, coaches, promoters, campers, camp friends… It is too early for memoirs, we want to last more. Well, we shall see for another twenty years…

See you at the twentieth KASTA International Basketball Camp.