On Sunday, February 16, 2014, New Orleans played host to the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens‘ first All-Star Basketball ProCamp of 2014. Held at Tulane University‘s Reily Student Recreation Center, the camp treated over one-hundred local seven to eighteen year olds to a day filled with friendly competition, as well as inspiration and fun.
A very special highlight was the attentive coaching and guidance provided by New Orleans Pelicans‘ guard Tyreke Evans. In addition to interacting with all of the campers, he also helped honor fifteen recipients of Taco Bell Foundation scholarships. “It’s fun to come out and spend time with the kids,” he shared, “I was in their position once, so anything to support them.”
On day celebrating positive participation and sportsmanship, Mr. Evans enthusiastic leadership was evident both on the court and off. On promoting this important message, he noted, “You have to have a good attitude in basketball, but also to be successful in life.”
Founded in 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens is dedicated to helping young people “reach their full potential” through programs that provide not only direct support, but also inspiration. Regina Borda, Managing Director of the Foundation, explained the importance of offering both “sizzle and substance” when introducing teens to opportunities for academic coaching, financial guidance, job training, and mentorship. Through a range of programs and partnerships, she heralded the foundation’s continual success in achieving a “balance of fun and excitement while teaching life skills.” Read more about the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens here, or visit the organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Acting as presenting and premier partners of Sunday’s ProCamp, Citi and Academy Sports + Outdoors made this event possible. In addition, the participation of twelve of New Orleans’ leading basketball coaches, numerous volunteers, event partners, Yum! Brands, and the NBA were invaluable.
Since 1998, ProCamps has offered camps and related events for multiple sports across the United States. In conjunction with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, fifteen All-Star Basketball events are planned for this year alone.