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Enes Kanter says he’ll host 30 free basketball camps this summer

(Photo via Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo via Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Enes Kanter’s life has been far from an easy one, but he recognizes the advantages he’s made for himself because of his basketball career. Now, he wants to give some of those same advantages to kids across the country – for free.

“I will have 30 camps in 30 different states. Free camp, by the way,” Kanter said in a recent press conference. “This year, I cannot leave the country. I just don’t want to sit at home or just go to the beach and waste my time. I’ve got to do something – I’ve got to give back to the community, for sure.”

As for the camps themselves, they’ve already started. Kanter’s already hosted two free camps in Oregon. More than 800 kids were in attendance.

America gave me so much. I think it’s right to just come to the camp and enjoy it for free. I’m not going to charge [for it] just because I play in the NBA. The most important thing… is just inspiring kids, man,” Kanter said. “Because whenever I hold a camp, we don’t just talk about basketball. We talk about education; on and off the court stuff. It’s definitely a very important thing for me.”

For someone with a lot of problems in his personal life, Kanter sure does make time for the people around him. He’ll be traveling from North Dakota to New York City to Florida to Hawaii this summer, just to name a few destinations. Although it doesn’t look like he has a camp planned for the Bluegrass state yet, don’t rule it out as a possibility in the future.

For more information about Kanter’s camps, click here.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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