Local basketball players give back to the community through Christmas camp


APACHE, Oklahoma (KSWO) – College and professional basketball players and coaches are hosting a Christmas camp in Apache to help area kids learn new skills and stay active during their break.

It was the first Christmas camp organized by the group who just want to give back to children in their community.

“It keeps them out of trouble, it gives them something to do. Many of our children in Lawton have nothing to do. They play video games and some of them do the wrong things right away. We give our children the opportunity to be productive, ”said Tevin Foster.

“I like giving back to the community and just helping everyone. When I was little, I always wanted to play basketball. I admired my older brother and always wanted to improve, ”said Danquez Dawsey.

“The community, we come together in our community, in Lawton in particular, we don’t have a lot of places where you can just play basketball when you’re little. I think it’s really important for us to have the extra work and come here and learn something, ”said Lauren Henry.

Who better to teach children than the men and women who have played basketball at all levels.

“All of those people who help kids have gone through the process and know what it takes to make it happen. It’s good for the kids, man, ”Foster said.

The youngest did exercises this morning while the afternoon was reserved for the older ones.

Tevin Foster hopes this week’s camp can show kids that anything is possible.

“You could have an NBA player, an NFL player, soccer, whatever. This sport allowed me to obtain a college diploma, a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree. I didn’t expect to go to school and finish my education, but basketball, loving the game allowed me to do that. I just want these kids to have the same opportunity, ”Foster said.

Camp continues Tuesday at the Comanche Community Building in Apache if you wish to attend.

Children under the fifth grade will be present from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. while older children will train from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Camp costs $ 30.

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