Annual Campbell camp keeps off-court focus

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 30, 2008

LIVINGSTON &8212; Former University of Alabama standout hoops star Marcus Campbell will host his seventh annual basketball camp at Livingston High School&8217;s Nelson R. Hughes Gymnasium Wednesday and Thursday.

Campbell, who played at Alabama from 1987-1991 before playing professionally in Europe until a knee injury ended his career in 2000, said his camp is designed to teach attendees a great deal more than basketball know-how.

Campbell said that a large part of that process is emphasizing priorities to campers.

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In addition to education and character, Campbell explained the camp strives to instill teamwork in campers.

Aside from receiving lessons applicable both on the court and off, campers will be provided T-shirts and lunch. Additionally, each attendee will be eligible for camp awards and prizes.

The two-day camp will conclude with Thursday&8217;s award ceremony, an event that will give away numerous keepsakes, including the Ronald E. Cook Sr. Award.

While honoring its recipient, the award is Campbell&8217;s way of paying homage to a man he says was instrumental in his life and the camp&8217;s existence.

The camp, which drew 105 students in 2007, is for boys and girls in grades five through 12 and registration is free. Registration will last from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each day. The camp will conclude at 3 p.m. Wednesday and at 1 p.m. Thursday following the awards ceremony.