Louisville, KY (WAVE) He's one of the best basketball players in the world, but for two weeks out of the year Boston Celtics' star, Rajon Rondo is camp counselor/coach/ref/mercenary? "Five on five games, some teams might be losing by a large margin. I try to come out there and help bring them back," said Rondo. Every summer, Rondo organizes a camp for area youth from 9am-4pm Monday thru Friday for $225.
Rondo gets an assist from current University of Kentucky and University of Louisville players every summer to help him organize one of the largest basketball camps in the area. "I wanted somebody to help me when I was younger. I just try to be the role model. Try to help these guys, and try to keep them on the right path," said UofL junior, Montrezl Harrell. "We run our camp at Kentucky. Those are a blast to work, you know, coming down here should be the same experience really," said UK junior, Alex Poythress.
What makes Camp Rondo so special, it's not just that the kids get to learn basketball from one of the best players in the world, it's the interaction they get with Rondo himself. "I think they're having a blast. They get competition. They get skill work in the morning time. They're also learning academics as well," said Rondo. For Kaden Stanton, the camp is one of the highlights of the summer. "At this camp you get to do competitions with your own teammates, it's really fun. And nobody is being mean to anyone," said Stanton.
There are still openings for the camp's second session from July 7-11th. You can register at camp rondo.com.
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