Chicago’s own Will Bynum of the Detroit Pistons, is one of many NBA players that held a basketball clinic in Chicago this summer. But here’s something you might not have heard before… Unlike others, this camp was an elite basketball invite only camp for the top 50 players in Chicago. After partnering with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) (which made sense for the stature of the camp,) the camp was held from August 1st-3rd at Whitney Young High School. Whenever one thinks of Whitney Young, you don’t just think off ball, you think of academics as well… And Will decided to hold up that reputation at this venue. Not only did this camp work with the students on the court but off of the court too.
Each day of the camp Will featured break out sessions to work and talk with the kids about important topics and issues, like public speaking, nutrition, life after basketball, etiquette, the anti-bullying initiative and the anti-violence initiative. Mind you, many of the invited students had already been introduced to being scouted for college careers and a career in the NBA and Will definitely made the effort to push its importance that they are prepared for their bright futures.
In addition to the fundamentals being brought in from college and high school coaches all around Chicago, this camp had high energy, but only the most elite were able to last the entire camp. Will brought out trophies for the kids, held basketball games, dunk contests and even had a spectacular halftime show during the big game. Will proved that this camp wasn’t just about basketball, but making a career and future out of it or a plan B. He really focused on the career side, and life as a whole… I must hand it to him for that. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend because I’d graduated and I’m pretty sure I’m not a boy… but with a fake high school I.D., a hat and fake mustache…maybe next year!