Kids in Parks and Recreation summer camp program invited to attend elite basketball clinic

By Alyna Bello

City of Homestead’s Parks and Recreation Resource and Events Coordinator Eric Weiss and Recreational Leader Tommy Deloach are pictured with the lucky campers who were able to attend NBA superstars Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade’s Summer Groove Basketball Clinic.

Kids from around South Florida, including children from the City of Homestead’s Summer Camp, were invited to basketball all-stars Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade’s 14th annual Summer Groove Youth Basketball Clinic on Friday, July 16. Forty lucky Homestead campers were chosen to participate in this exclusive event for free.
City of Homestead’s Parks and Recreations Resource and Events Coordinator, Eric Weiss, was able to coordinate with the organizers of the clinic to give our campers an exclusive, up-close and personal meeting with NBA superstars. Participants were given a T-shirt, bag, towel, lunch, and Nike Air basketball shoes at no cost to the children.
During the clinic the kids were divided into smaller groups to learn basketball fundamentals such as shooting, dribbling, and defensive skills. They also had the opportunity to meet professional basketball athletes from around the league, including Dwayne Wade.  There were certain requirements in order to participate. Campers needed to be between the ages of 8 to 14 and not in high school.         This clinic is part of the annual Summer Groove festivities where Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade join forces to host various fundraising events. Money raised at these events goes to local South Florida programs and initiatives supported by Alonzo Mourning Charities and Wade’s World Foundation.
Eric Weiss commented, “It was great to see the kids getting an opportunity to not only learn invaluable basketball skills, but interact with some of the biggest NBA players. They had a wonderful time. The City’s Summer Camp Program is constantly striving to provide our kids with an unforgettable summer filled with unique experiences and activities.”

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