UNION COUNTY — Local students received help on the basketball court from an NBA star as part of an annual basketball camp at Union County High School.
On Saturday, Washington Wizards forward and Clemson alumnus Trevor Booker hosted his annual basketball camp in the UCHS gymnasium. Camp organizer Christopher Brown reported that around 80 young participants showed up to learn.
“I think the camp went really well,” Booker said. “I love coming home and giving back to the kids because this is where I grew up and created a name for myself. I want them to know that they can be just as successful on or off the court.”
Booker also said he has already confirmed that next year’s basketball camp will last two days instead of one.
Brown said UCHS athletic director Coach Will Hickson was a great help. Hickson coached for the first few hours of the camp, and a number of his players assisted.
Around noon, Coach Oscar Neely came in to speak to camp participants about life and how the game of basketball can translate to the real world. Participants also enjoyed a question-and-answer session with Booker, and players and parents received t-shirts following the camp. Booker’s own parents and brothers were also in attendance.
Booker, a fourth year NBA veteran, is currently working with the United Way and Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute to develop a program to incorporate a full hour of educational activities into his future basketball camps.
“I realize that my celebrity can be used to positively impact the (Upstate South Carolina) and Washington, DC communities by creating new business partnerships and increasing youth involvement in after school and summer programs in both areas,” Booker said. “It’s extremely important that I reach out and give back to those that invested and believed in me. I think partnerships with great non-profit organizations like United Way and YLI are huge steps in accomplishing my vision, and I want to ignite more NBA players to do the same.”