DALLAS, TEXAS -February 16, 2016- Every year the National Basketball Association gathers in various cities to celebrate the best in basketball. Though this years NBA All-Star festivities were held in Toronto, Dallas area youth were able to experience meeting a couple of professional basketball players, without having to make a trip to Canada.
During this break from an 82 game season and in his 13 year tenure in the league, Cleveland Cavaliers PG Maurice Williams held a basketball camp for elementary and middle school basketball players in DFW this past weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday, February 13 & 14, Williams and his Mo Williams Academy staff held a 2-day basketball camp for about 65 youth, both boys and girls eager to learn more about basketball.
The major emphasis on camp was to focus on fundamental basketball development. Campers worked on ball handling skills, shooting forms, basic footwork, defense, rebounding and more.
During Saturday’s portion of the camp, participants heard from guest speaker, Coach Fred Williams, WNBA’s Dallas Wings Head Coach. An after camp meal was also provided from Wing Bucket.
On Sunday, Williams had another approach. The first half of camp consisted of fundamental skill development, while the latter half he stressed the importance of education and keeping your grades up as he introduced Irving native and Dallas Wings player Odyssey Sims. He also spoke to the kids about being creative and not limiting themselves to just basketball, as he introduced a product called Hydra Court Sole Cleaner/Conditioner For Better Court Grip. Hydra Court was invented by one of the camp participants from Colleyville, 12-year old Brenden Angus.
The camp concluded with an autograph session with Mo, Sims and former WNBA player Cheryl Ford who instructed camp as well.
Youth who participated in the camp received gift bags that included a camp T-Shirt, MWA wristbands, Panini basketball trading cards, and a pair of Lace Clips.