Last week the Wilmington Boys & Girls Club participated in the AC Green Annual Basketball Leadership Camp. The Club took 25 outstanding kids & it was a great experience for all of them. 200 total kids from all over Southern California participated in the camp and out of 16 Most Valuable Person awards, our club took home 7 trophies! Way to go Wilmington! Below is a write-up of the camp directly from the A.C. Green Foundation.
Every year we sponsor approximately 120 boys and girls, ages 9-15, to attend an all-expenses-paid summer camp. This unique annual Summer Leadership Camp features educational opportunities, career exploration, character building and basketball. Camps are held in Portland and Los Angeles. NBA Iron Man A.C. Green personally supervises each camp.
The goal of the camp is to identify and encourage leaders among children who might otherwise be forgotten — those who lack positive role models, are physically and/or emotionally abused, economically disadvantaged or victims of homelessness. While attending Summer Leadership Camp, our campers are challenged on, and off, the basketball court. While part of each day is spent learning basketball skills, practicing drills and improving techniques, campers also spend time learning about life. Guest speakers encourage them to set goals and work hard, explaining that the decisions we make today will directly impact our tomorrow. Through interaction with A.C. Green and other positive role models at Leadership Camp, campers learn that realizing their purpose in life can make the difference in achieving their true potential.
To expose children who would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend camp to a camp environment.
To engage youth in activities which encourage cooperation, sportsmanship and teamwork.
To expose youth to leadership figures and positive role models.
To offer a learning experience through career exploration field trips.
To teach athletic skills and character development while still providing fun experiences.
To acquaint youth with unique career opportunities and to bring these careers within their reach.
To discourage behavior which may continue the cycle of abuse, poverty, or homelessness.