Former Kentucky center Enes Kanter’s time as a Portland Trail Blazer lasted only a few months, but he’s been making his mark as a different kind of trailblazer this summer.
The newly-signed Boston Celtic has spent the summer hosting over 40 free basketball camps across the country, an idea he came up with during his exit interview with the Trail Blazers.
From obscure locations such as Anchorage, Alaska and Fargo, North Dakota to more recognizable cities such as Honolulu, Hawaii and Boise, Idaho, Kanter has made it a point to reach out to smaller areas of the United States, ones that don’t see big-name NBA players all that often.
During an appearance on First Things First, Kanter discusses why he decided to make his camps free while traveling to lesser-known cities.
This is the reason behind all these FREE basketball camps…! pic.twitter.com/cWvc3Y4tx5
— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) August 30, 2019
“I wanted to go somewhere that NBA players have never stepped on before,” Kanter said on the FS1 show. “Everyone goes to like New York, L.A., or Miami to do basketball camps, so we definitely go to North Dakota, Idaho, South Dakota.”
Enes Kanter stopping by the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club today.
— Patrick Enslow (@Enslow_P) June 28, 2019
I don’t think there’s ever been a doubt in anyone’s mind that Kanter is anything but a completely genuine and wholesome individual, and things like this only further that line of thinking. There aren’t many NBA players that are willing to host free basketball camps, let alone 45 of them.
Kanter held his 44th camp in Syracuse, New York last weekend.
As Kanter states, the previous record was only *nine* camps by one player. The fact that he more than quadrupled that number is an amazing accomplishment. Shoutout to Enes Kanter – one of the most upstanding people we have not only in sports but also in life. And we get to call him a Kentucky Wildcat for life.