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Young3 In the Big Apple - BIG3 Championship Week

By Liam Blutman, 08/24/18, 12:00PM PDT

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Here we are in Brooklyn, New York for the Young3 finale at Manny Cantor Center which is a partner of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. It is our 10th week in our 10th city and as always, it’s been an excellent camp which has impacted many kids’ lives in an array of positive ways. Our incredible sponsor, Adidas supplied all the camp participants with newly designed “Next Wave” bags, headbands, and towels. 

As for the camp itself, we had 150+ participants with an abundance who played in the 3 in 3 tournament as well. All kids were given tickets to tomorrow’s Big3 Championship Game at Barclays Center. Several food trucks gave out free food to camp participants, while the DJ played a variety of music all day.

Plenty of basketball legends and Big3 players were here for the young kids to meet. Ice Cube was also here, he gave the kids a quick speech on life itself and just wanting to stress the importance of hanging around good people and appreciating your parents. Among the basketball legends to show up were: Smush Parker, Tom Hoover, and Kym Hampton. Drew Gooden and Dahntay Jones Of 3’s Company were in attendance today as was Robert Hite of Tri-State. Kids were able to get autographs and take pictures with the basketball legends and Big3 players as well as Ice Cube and Big3 commissioner, Clyde Drexler. Of course our Young3 coaches were here as well, Jerome Williams, Erin Thorn, Desmon Farmer, and James “Hollywood” Robinson had an amazing time today.

This week we expanded the age group from 8-14 to 8-17 years old. It was great seeing older kids so interested in our camp and wanting to help the younger kids (just like our Young3 coaches). The older kids showed great skills in their competitive games; really great performances by plenty of young men and women.

After crowning five new Young3 champions today in Brooklyn, our summer has come to a close. It was a phenomenal run for the Young3 and Adidas. The camp had such an incredible impact in only a few months. It will be great to see how the camp fares in the future; expectations will be high but that’s okay, the Young3 will just continue to thrive.