Founded in 1966, Five-Star was the brainchild of two New York City basketball junkies, Howard Garfinkel and Will Klein, who shared a singular passion and purpose: Creating a top-notch teaching camp to help kids improve their games.
Fate has been good to Five-Star. Future Hall of Famers, Hubie Brown and Chuck Daly, taught and lectured at that very first session. Bob Knight invented ‘teaching stations’ as the camp’s lead instructor a year later. And dozens of legendary coaches, including Rick Pitino and John Calipari, all launched their careers on our courts.
More than a cradle for coaches, Five-Star has been a proving ground for the everyday blue-collar player and blue chips alike: Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Dominique Wilkins, Isiah Thomas, Chris Mullin, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, and Karl-Anthony Towns have all worn the iconic orange and white t-shirt.
Five-Star remains a rite of passage for the next generation of basketball talent.
“FIVE-STAR IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF BASKETBALL IN THE UNITED STATES. IT HAS ITS PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GAME.”