DETROIT (WWJ) – Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Willie Green is in town for his annual basketball camp for youth.
Green is holding the 5-day camp at his alma mater, University of Detroit-Mercy. He says they will provide lunch, basketball and life skills.
“If you take a look around at our society and this city in particular, you’ll see that times are getting tough. There’s a lot of crime and a lot of violence going on. And it’s so easy for kids to stray and go into the wrong direction. So, my responsibility and what I like to do is give them examples that there are people out here who really care about them and want to be there for you.”
Green tells WWJ that kids learn more than just the basic of basketball.
“More importantly, I try to implement life skills. Being disciplined means getting here on time. We hand out a t-shirt at the beginning of the camp, you’re supposed to keep up with that t-shirt. It should be on you when you come into camp everyday. Learning team work, learning how to get along with other people. Really the things that you’re going to learn during the course of life,” said Green.
And he says, it keeps the kids occupied.
The camp is open to those six to 18 years of age.
Willie Green’s Basketball Camp runs July 23-27 at Calihan Hall at the University of Detroit-Mercy.
For registration information, call 313-543-6000.