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Enes Kanter concludes 50th free basketball camp


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Enes Kanter has had quite a busy summer. The former Cat spent his offseason traveling across America to host free basketball camps for children. The “tour” made stops in 25 different states and affected thousands of kids.

Kanter said his mission was to visit more towns than the “normal” NBA stops in places like New York, Los Angeles and Miami; his tour also made stops in places like Evergreen, Alabama, Anchorage, Alaska, Nampa, Idaho and Fargo, North Dakota.

“We wanted to go to places the NBA has never stepped on before,” he said. “America gave me so much. America gave me a home. I wanted to give back to not just the city I play for, I wanted to give back to all of America.”

Kanter wrapped up his summer Saturday with lucky stop No. 50 in Boston, his new city. Nearly 100 kids, ages 8-18, attended Kanter’s free three-hour camp in a local athletic center, which featured shooting drills, five-on-five competition and a question-and-answer session with the NBA player.

For his final camp, Kanter was even joined by a special guest – Tacko Fall. The big man and fellow Celtic had no problem dunking all over his teammate.

I’m sure the campers loved that. According to Kanter, that’s what this entire summer was about.

“I don’t want and I don’t need their money,” he said. “I just want them to come and have fun. To put a smile on their faces, that’s what we try to do.”

Article written by Maggie Davis