Nets star Brook Lopez hosts youth camp at Queens College


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre
THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Dozens of Queens campers learned Brooklyn basketball.

Nets All-Star center Brook Lopez hosted his second annual youth basketball camp on Sunday at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Queens College.

“I was doing these camps not that long ago and I have very fond memories of that,” Lopez said. “So I really enjoyed my time out here.”

Lopez, as well as some college coaches, directed the children on basketball fundamentals, such as passing, shooting and playing defense. The clinic was open to boys and girls from grades 1-12 and sought to teach the children more difficult workouts to improve their skills, but also to make sure that they had fun.

“I really want these kids to realize how fun this sport could be, create bonds through the game and teach a basic basic and ideal work ethic as well,” Lopez said.

The basketball camp ran from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and participants received an autograph from Lopez, a team photo with the NBA player and a camp T-shirt. Some lucky participants received extra awards for various accomplishments as well.

“When he looks upon his memories after he becomes a professional NBA player he will reflect on this day and say I played with Brook Lopez when I was 12 years old,” said Rosedale resident Keisha Spivey, whose son took part in the camp.

 

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