The life lessons and physical skills I acquired from my years as a dedicated athlete and spectator follow me still today, whether in activities, my health or working as a team player in my colorful career. I should start utilizing them more often…
Nonprofits like Basketball Maui are committed to the character and basketball fundamentals development of youth through basketball. They envision the organization to reach beyond the sport and transform Maui County through community involvement and projects, and provide youth opportunities to prepare for success both on and off the court.
Basketball Maui is holding its “Summer Jam” camp through June 3, working with NBC Camps to run programs for Maui youth. Under the direction of founder and president, Fred Crowell, the globally renowned camps bring in 25 top coaches and select NBA players to Maui.
The camp concludes with some high-profile competition Saturday, June 4, during the “Night of Shooting Stars” event, presented by Basketball Maui. NBA players, campers and the “Celebrity All-Stars” team of select community leaders, athletes, media personalities, film and music stars, and more will “hoop it up” during two special games at War Memorial gymnasium in Kahului.
A novelty warm-up contest at 6 p.m. will spotlight the Summer Jam Camp All-Stars against the Celebrity All-Stars, which includes homegrown football star Vaka Manupuna; Mayor Alan Arakawa; musician/actor Eric Gilliom; ukulele virtuoso Derrick Sebastian; writer / director Brian Kohne and others. Yours truly has even been coaxed into participating, although “celebrity” and “all-star” are certainly not fitting for anything I do, especially basketball. Maybe I’ll just cheer…
The Pro-Am All-Star game jumps off at 8 p.m., and will showcase NBA talent, college stars and international players, including one of the “greatest Hawaiian hoopsters” to ever hit the hardwood, renowned point guard Derrick Low, as well as NBA ballers like Jon Brockman and Corey Maggette of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Golden State’s Jeremy Lin.
The “‘ohana atmosphere” includes food and entertainment, and with partial proceeds benefitting the Maui Food Bank. A “Night of Shooting Stars” is $6 in advance; $10 at the gate. Fans ages 7 and under are free. Tickets are available at Maui Clothing Company, and visit www.basketballmaui.com.