What up, what up everybody?
We got two good days in so far at the Rashard Lewis Basketball Camp. We have about 150 kids out here and a lot of them are here for a second year in a row. Several of them have told me that they had so much fun last year that they wanted to make sure they came back again this year. That makes me feel really good because I like to think that we put on a pretty good camp for the kids.
We do mostly basketball drills and games, but we also try to teach the kids life skills. We make sure they get along with one another and we talk about how important education and working together is.
This is kind of my way to give back to the kids of Orlando. A lot of them come and watch the Magic games, but they don’t get to talk to us. But me being out here every day for the camp, it allows me to interact with them and kind of get to know them. For me, it’s just about putting a big smile on their face. This camp is something that I don’t ever want to stop doing because they get such a kick out of it and I do too.
To tell you guys the truth, I have just as much fun as they do getting down there on the court and working with these kids. They all love playing the games like knockout, and me just getting down there in the middle of them helps me teach them better. And I’m just a big kid myself, so I’m having a blast out there being a kid again.
I like being able to show the kids that I’m a normal person just like they are. I was once their age, doing the exact same thing as them in a camp like this in Houston. Camp taught me about basketball, but it also taught me to work, have a good attitude and be a good teammate. So that’s what we try to put into this camp too. We just want to make it fun and make them enjoy it.
I know some athletes drop by their camp a day or two, but I’m here all week with the kids. I might not get here right away at 9 a.m. but by 10 you can bet I’m out there with the kids working on basketball drills and having fun. I think the kids just get more out of it if I’m here all day and down there on the court working with them. It just wouldn’t be right if I was one of those dudes popping my head in for an hour a day. Ya’ll know me too, I want to be out there on the court working and not just sitting around.
I really want these kids to get to know me as a person and a friend and not just some basketball player. We do our best to teach them about basketball and life and if they leave out of here having learned just one lesson this week I think it’s a successful week.
We’ve got three more days of camp to go and we’ll start playing more and more games as the week goes along. There’s one little kid in the fourth grade who has the nicest jump shot with a really quick release. And there are a couple of little athletes in the ninth grade who look like ballers and I’m fully expecting that I’ll be watching them on national TV at a big college playing some day.
Anyway, just wanted to let you guys know what we’re doing at camp. If you didn’t get to come this year, hopefully you can make it out next year. It’s a really good camp if I do say so myself.
Well, holler at y'all later and hope everyone summer is going great!