On August 17th and 18th, 2018 over 200 campers showed up to the Bronx to participate in the Kemba Walker Basketball Camp.
The camp was completely free for all participants thanks in large part to Kemba Walker himself giving back to his community, but that’s nothing new for Kemba as he won the 2018 NBA Sportsmanship Award!
Kemba’s overwhelming message to the campers was to believe in yourself and don’t give up on your dreams.
Kemba Walker grew up in the Bronx and attended Rice High School. He is one of the most decorated native New York City basketball players of all time. Kemba went on to win a National Championship at UCONN and was named an All-Star last year playing for the Charlotte Hornets.
He is a rising star at the highest level of basketball, but this weekend was all about giving back and inspiring our youth to be driven athletes and high-character individuals.
Friday’s camp was for the younger players, ages 7-12, and Saturday’s camp was for older players, ages 13-17.
What Happened at the Kemba Walker Basketball Camp?
Campers arrived to the music of a professional DJ who kept energy levels high all day, and each player received a free bag from the Jr. NBA, a Jr. NBA t-shirt, a Kemba Walker Basketball Camp T-shirt, Kemba Walker trading cards, and two Essentia water bottles to stay hydrated.
The morning session of the Kemba Walker Basketball Camp was filled with station work for players to work on fundamentals and to improve their skills and also competitions against other campers.
Stations and drills were led by many of Kemba’s friends, teammates and peers from his childhood in NYC who coached at the camp.
The morning session concluded with a delicious and free New York pizza lunch.
The afternoon session included more competitions, 5 on 5 games, autographs and pictures with Kemba, and an Awards Ceremony. Each camper had the chance to take an individual photo with Kemba and receive a personal autograph.
After the 5 on 5 games, prizes were given out for the Hustle Award, the Championship Team, all Competition Winners, and Camp MVP. Prizes included NBA 2k19, signed basketballs and an official Kemba Walker signed jersey!
Kemba delivered an absolutely incredible experience for the campers. More important than all of the free gear and prizes was the motivation Kemba provided the youth of the Bronx that they too can pursue their dreams.
See you in the Bronx next year!