I’ve been wanting to share this story with you personally just so you knew what an impact the AZ Basketball Academy had on my lil Cameron. If you use this story feel free to edit/shorten in any way you see fit. I just really wanted you to know that you and all the coaches that day helped brighten my lil guy’s day. Keep up the good work!
Cameron is 9 yrs. old & the youngest of 5 boys. Since he started school he has struggled fitting in w/his peers. At first glance you would never believe his struggle since he is extremely outgoing & truly enjoys just being a silly kid. However, his classmates don’t understand his extra energy & many times exclude him from activities. The Arizona Basketball Academy was a great opportunity for him to challenge himself to meet new kids & to try a new sport of which he didn’t think he could play. Who knew he would leave w/memories of one of the best days of his little life.
Camp ended w/a game between The Boom Squad & The Prodigies. The game was tied & the winner would be determined in a final shoot out. The kids had a long day & have given their all…no one scored. It was down to the last two players: A Prodigy player aimed, shot, & missed. Cameron from the Boom Squad was up last. If he made this shot he would win the game for the team. Then….SWOOSH…Cameron scored!!! His teammates and coaches lifted him up in the air and cheered. I’ve never seen my son smile so big.
So, now when he has had a really rough day I ask him…” Will you tell me how you Swoooshed that basketball into the hoop at the Basketball Camp?” He always shares how “awesome it was for me mom”, “I actually had little tears because I was so happy” and “I can still hear my friends cheering.” His smile is priceless. Cameron met new friends, stayed focused while learning new skills in a new sport, and best of all…he learned to believe in himself.
I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Joseph Blair and everyone that was a part of the Arizona Basketball Academy.
Linda and Cameron Lee