Yesterday I had the privilege of watching Chicago's top basketball recruits scrimmage at NBA player Will Bynum's Annual Basketball Camp and what I witnessed was a whole lot of skill, fun, and dedication to the game. The camp, running from yesterday until Wednesday, is held in the southside at Chicago State University and includes the top youth recruits from grades 8-11.
As you may or may not know, Will Bynum currently plays for the Detroit Pistons, but by hosting these camps has dedicated his life to basketball in a way that is unique from other players. Not only do these kids do drills and participate in scrimmages, but also there are sessions throughout the day that focus on a range of topics including nonviolence, nutrition, anti-bullying, public speaking, etc. Students attending the event have often already begun to be scouted by colleges so Bynum's perspective truly benefits these individuals who also want to dedicate their lives to the game.
While the camp continues today, tomorrow will be extremely exciting as the signing of an anti-violence bill for the City of Chicago will take place at noon in CSU's Jones Convocation Center. Rumor has it that there will be some special guests in attendance as well so we're really looking forward to that!
[All of the campers getting a pep talk before they break for dinner]
[Tip off at the beginning of one of many scrimmages yesterday]
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