UNITE will present seven free basketball camps taught by former University of Kentucky all-star Jeff Sheppard and held across southern and eastern Kentucky this summer.
The camps tip off in Perry County the first full week of June and continue through a special, expanded camp in Knott County in July.
Included are camps scheduled Tuesday, June 8, 4 to 7 p.m. at Leatherwood Elementary School in Perry County; Tuesday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phelps High School in Pike County.; Tuesday, June 29, 4 to 7 p.m. at East Ridge High School in Pike County; and Thursday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knott County SportsPlex.
The Knott County finale will include additional skills instruction and will feature former UK basketball players to assist Sheppard.
Participants are asked to arrive about 30 minutes prior to the start time of each camp to register, and not to wear open-toe shoes or sandals.
Presented by Phoenix Products, Shoot Hoops Not Drugs programs teach school-age youth fundamental basketball skills while emphasizing the importance for them to stay drug-free.
All participants will receive a T-shirt, autographed Shoot Hoops Not Drugs basketball, and be entered into a drawing for portable basketball goals to be given away at each location. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided.
As a senior at UK, Sheppard was named the NCAA’s Final Four Most Valuable Player in the Wildcats’ 1997- 98 national championship season. He played one season with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and three years in Italy.
In addition to the basketball program, UNITE will also off er a brief education program at each location for parents and guardians to learn more about the signs, symptoms and danger of drugs.
UNITE is looking for adult volunteers to assist with the basketball program. Those wishing to volunteer may contact UNITE toll-free at 1-866-678-6483.”