BY ANDREAS BUTLER
NBA star Vince Carter will hold his annual youth basketball camp next week in Daytona Beach.
The Vince Carter Youth Basketball Academy will take place at the Vince Carter Athletic Center at Mainland High School from July 10 to 14.
Children ages 6-17 have registered to participate in the annual event.
In addition to teaching the kids basketball skills, the camp reinforces self-esteem, determination and education to the youngsters.
Started in 1998
Kids from all over the nation and Brazil are expected to attend.
“It is great to see that these kids have such an interest in the game and that they are willing to travel so far away to learn about the game on and off the court,” Carter said.
Over the years, the camp has served youth from Europe, Asia, the United States and South America.
Carter has been doing the camp since he went pro back in 1998.
Coaches from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut also will help run the camp in addition to past camp graduates.
Carter will be working with the kids for four hours each day from 8 a.m. to noon.
A ‘favorite’ activity
The Embassy of Hope, Carter’s charitable organization, puts on the camp and is its main sponsor.
Each year, Carter is delighted to hold the camp and work with the children.
“This is always one of my favorite things to do each and every summer. I really look forward to working with the kids and helping them with their sills,” commented Carter.
Carter grew up in Daytona Beach and starred at Mainland High and led the Buccaneers to the state championship in 1995.
After high school, Carter starred at the University of North Carolina before being drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1998 NBA Draft in the first round.
Carter, 35, has had an NBA career averaging 21.4 points per game through 14 seasons with the Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavericks exercised an option for Carter’s services for the 2012-13 season on July 1 to keep him with the team.
He is an eight-time all-star and is one of 37 players to score 20,000 or more points during their careers.
For more information on the Vince Carter Youth Basketball Academy, contact the Embassy of Hope at 386-239-8215.