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Lessons on and off the court shared at Hoops for Hope Basketball Camp

Youths in grades 4 through 8 participate in the annual Hoops for Hope Program on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the Doolittle Community Center in Las Vegas. (Chad Graves/KSNV)

Whether your 6 years old or more than 6 feet tall, the annual Hoops for Hope Basketball Camp is a place where local kids and mentors alike can focus on the skills of the game.

Led by NBA point guard and Las Vegas native CJ Watson, the camp at Doolittle Community Center is a place where local kids learn to not only score on the court, but in the future.

"We teach them about health, about education, about obeying authority, like their teachers and parents," Watson said. "Teamwork, cooperation … working with people that you might not ever see again."

And when you talk to the kids, Watson’s lessons appear to be making a difference.

“It’s good to be nice to everybody,” said participant Devin Saunders. “Be a good person, you know? When somebody needs help, help them.”

Volunteers and mentors also talk to the kids about college and the advantages that come with living a healthy lifestyle.

“You have to get good grades. You have to work hard,” said participant Sakura Bradley. “You have to hustle. You have to work hard every single day. You can’t just want something and not do anything for that goal.”

Along with the basketball camp, Quiet Storm Foundation sponsors a Parent Workshop on the last day of the event. The Parent Workshop focuses on post-secondary education.

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