Saturday, July 6, 2013
The Antonio Grant Basketball Camp was back once again last week, and it gave many young players an opportunity to improve their skills.
Grant, who played at North Augusta High School and the University of South Carolina, has seen his professional career take him through many stops in Europe and Asia. Currently, he is a member of the Poitiers, a team based in France. His previous stops included Mexico, Lithuania, Taiwan and France two previous times.
The camp, which serves boys and girls ages 6 to 16, provides opportunities for local players to also give back to the younger generation. Fox Creek High School players DJ Curry and Marques Sumner, along with North Augusta High School’s Malik Dunbar, all served as coaches at the camp.
“I bring some of the local kids in, that way they can learn to be more professional,” Grant said. “They can learn to work on their communication skills and learn to teach also. They’re also students of the game as well, and now they have a chance to give back some of the things they have learned. I think it’s good for them and their development as young men.”
The camp was just restarted last year, because Grant is making the transition out of playing professionally. He stated that he planned to play one more year and perhaps retire, increasing his focus on this camp and giving back to the community.
“For six years, I didn’t do it, because I was coming back in the area, and I still wanted to travel,” Grant said. “I’d get back here in the summer for a week or two, and then I was ready to move. When you’re over in Europe nine or ten months out of the year, sometimes you just want to sit down, relax and things like that.”
Grant also noted that he planned to have a bigger hand in the development of the kids in his camp, to see the progression from year-to-year. He also stated that the camp would be available every summer going forward.
This year’s camp cost $100 for early registration before June 1, and registration began on April 15. After that, the cost jumped to $125. It spanned from June 24-27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and included a camp T-shirt and lunch.