Rock Island courts big NBA name for youth basketball camp
Students taking part in the Dream Big Youth Camp will get see where their dreams could lead them when NBA star and Rock Island native Chasson Randle comes to Rock Island High School on June 9.
“Expect to see something that we have not seen around here in a long time, if ever,” organizer Thurgood Brooks told the Rock Island Today. “It is a basketball camp, but basketball is not the only or primary focus.”
Besides the participation of the New York Knicks star, the camp will give students in grades five through nine an enlightening and exciting experience that includes 12 stations for them to enjoy: eight for basketball and four as classrooms.
The classroom sessions will cover things like being a good citizen and community involvement, as well as offering a sort of history lesson on the school's sports teams.
“They will be able to go and view all the trophies and state championship teams for basketball and track and wrestling that Rock Island High School has in its past," Brooks said.
While the events center around sports and learning, the day will wrap up with an autograph and photo session, Brooks said. A forum-style presentation will show parents what their kids were involved with throughout the day, and a shootout competition open to adults and students will be held on June 10.
“Last year we gave the winning team a poster of the tournament,” Brooks said. “This year we will do something similar.”
Donations to help with the event are still being accepted, Brooks said.
“We do intend on giving back to youth education programs in the area as well as potentially a scholarship of some sort,” he said.
He said donations can be made to the Martin Luther King Center.
All participants will receive breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt.
Although online registration for the camp has hit capacity, according to the event organizer’s website, there are plans for walk-in registration to be announced soon.
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