Enes Kanter used to put on basketball camps in different countries, but now that he can’t leave the United States he has turned his attention to putting on camps all across America.
“Throughout the season, I see all NBA fans supporting not just us but every team,” Kanter told NOLA.com while in New Orleans for his camp on Saturday. “America has given me so much. First of all, gave me a home. That’s why I wanted to do something like this not just for the city I play for or where I live, that’s why I wanted to give back to all of America.”
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 8, 2019
After the end of the season, Kanter said he was going to put on 30 free basketball camps in 30 states during his offseason. That number has increased to 42 free camps in 32 states.
“I think we’ll get up to 50 camps,” Kanter said.
Kanter is hosting camps in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
“I feel like every NBA player goes to Miami, Los Angeles or New York to do basketball camps,” Kanter said. “What I wanted to do is, I wanted to go to places where NBA players have never been. Very different places. It’s so much fun. Just having fun with the kids. For the kids to see an NBA player for the first time in their lives, that is definitely amazing.”
I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but I really wish we saw Kanter in a Kentucky jersey and on the floor.