Annual basketball camp teaching life lessons

By Chad Weber

August 9, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Teaching kids life skills through basketball, the goal of one local camp.

The annual Mitchell J.J. Anderson Dana J. Davis All-Star Basketball camp wrapped up Friday.

Almost 500 kids participated in the free camp, aimed at teaching kids the fundamentals of both basketball and life.

Speakers at the camp ranged from former NBA players like AJ Guyton to local law enforcement and politicians like Jehan Gordon-Booth.

"The life skills where it's not just basketball," said camp director Tony Wysinger. "We will talk about things in life. I know about four or five years or maybe longer when Michael Vick had the dog fighting. That was one of the topics that we were talking to the kids about making better decisions and the decisions you make now can affect you for the rest of your life."

Campers also received a free health screening from OSF Saint Francis, as well as free backpacks and dental supplies from the Maple Shade Dentistry group.

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