Shumpert to host youth basketball camp at OPRF

Knicks guard coming home to give back to community

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Iman Shumpert is returning to OPRF High School this summer.

The New York Knicks guard, who made his debut in the NBA this season, will host a youth basketball camp at his high school alma mater June 22-24.

The 2008 OPRF graduate, who is currently recovering from surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Game 1 of the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against Miami, is holding the camp for both girls and boys going into fifth through eighth grades.    

Shumpert says he's eager to develop young athletes who have an interest in the sport, while also giving back to the community he grew up in.

"This is the first year for the camp so I wanted to focus on younger boys and girls who are deciding which sports they want play in high school," he said. "If they like playing basketball at my camp, we may have helped a new generation of kids love the sport.

"I decided to donate [the] camp proceeds to organizations in need of support. I am still figuring out where the money will go specifically but it will be given to a few different groups to help kids in need."

The cost for the camp is $175 per camper and includes lunch each day, a T-shirt, a reversible jersey for games, a photo with Shumpert, awards and instruction from some of the top coaches in the region. The academy will run daily from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

"I am looking forward to giving back to the community that has given me so much," said Shumpert, who was recently named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. "I hope we can help the kids improve their basketball game and have fun."

As for his recovery from an injury that also plagued the Bulls' Derrick Rose in the playoffs, Shumpert says he's on the right path to getting back on the court.

"I feel good. I am doing about four hours of physical rehab each day at the Knicks facility in New York. I am working very hard this off-season so that I can be 100 percent when I get back on the court."

Shumpert, who averaged 9.5 points and 1.7 steals per game his first year in the pros, added that he's happy to be playing for the Knicks.

"I think that playing with my New York Knicks teammates has been my favorite part of playing in the NBA. I like the level of competition that each guy brings to practice and the games.  I have learned a ton from the veterans like Carmelo, Amar'e and Tyson and they certainly helped along the way in my rookie season."

To sign-up for Shumpert's youth basketball camp, visit Imanshumpert.com.

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Truth  

Posted: May 27th, 2012 4:56 PM

He actually left college after three years... just saying

OP Resident  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 10:42 AM

You dont have to walk the walk. You can talk the walk. To promote good things or denounce bad things without doing either is OK in my book. Its all about the message. It would be nice if the speaker could back it up in actions as well. Not a necessity.

Question OP Resident  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 8:48 AM

Can we have a feel good moment without extra input? He can tell kids to stay in school all he wants. Unless he goes back, he won't be speaking from his own experience. I don't care that he left college after one year, that's his business. I finished. He's making waaaay more money than me and so are countless other non-degreed athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs. I'll teach my kids to stay in school and not look to hope someone else will. If I pay $175 teach them basketball.I'll handle college

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 5:08 PM

First team all-rookie and thirteenth overall in the balloting for the NBA's all-defensive team. Terrific season and an outstanding young man. Congrats to Iman!

OP Resident  

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 3:27 PM

I hope he will tell the kids to stay in school to educate themselves as well as teach them how to shoot a basket and dribble a ball.

Carol Ford from oak Park il  

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 3:06 PM

First year in the NBA and he comes home to run a camp with proceeds going to charity.....nicely done Iman. You are a living example of OPRF's motto, Those things that are best. Proud to say....GO HUSKIES!!!

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