This week, the second annual AI3 Basketball Skills Academy takes at the Waterbury P.A.L.
The camp, for ages 10-14, runs from June 22-24 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The instructor for the camp is none other than former Crosby and Loyola Marymount great Anthony Ireland. Ireland is now a professional basketball player for Trefl Sopot in Poland.
Ireland's slogan is "Do what you love, love what you do," and he is giving back to the city that helped make him who he is.
The cost is $100, but program proceeds benefit the Waterbury Basketball Academy, and you get three days of basketball training with someone who knows his craft.
Why does Ireland do this? Here's a good quote from an article written by Andy Hui for LMU Lions Roar.
"It's been a dream of mine to organize a basketball camp in my hometown. The idea came to fruition while I was playing professionally in France in my first year after LMU. Last year, about a third of our campers were able to receive some form of financial aid to help offset the costs to attend. This year, I am looking for help in increasing that number so that more kids can participate in a worthwhile project that is supported by many in the Waterbury community."
Here's a link to the full article from Hui.
Hui referred to Ireland as one of LMU's truly great ambassadors. That's pretty accurate, and it would be accurate to say that Ireland is a truly great ambassador for the city of Waterbury as well.
For more information on the academy, contact Dazure Prado at email@example.com. You can also call (203) 754-9622.