Youngsters throughout Phillips County and the surrounding area are lining up to spend a day shooting hoops with Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley.

 

Youngsters throughout Phillips County and the surrounding area are lining up to spend a day shooting hoops with Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley.
The annual “Mike Conley NBA Pro Youth Hoops Camp 2010,” is set to kick off Saturday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club in Helena-West Helena.  Students 8 to 18 years of age are encouraged to come out and join in the fun!
“Shooting balls with a gym full of kids is a lot of fun for me,” says Conley. “Seeing their eyes light up when they get around me to take a shot—well that’s as good as it gets! I’m really looking forward to doing it again this year.”  
Mike senior, Conley’s dad, is a pro sports agent and the CEO of MMG Sports Management and will assist his son in the upcoming clinic.  The elder Conley is a seasoned AAU coach, a 7-time Footlocker Slam Dunk Finalist and an Olympic Gold and Silver medalist. 
Camp registration forms can be picked up at the front desk of the Boys & Girls Club, 8 Plaza St., in Helena-West Helena, or at the Delta AHEC on Highway 49 in Helena-West Helena. The fee to attend the camp is $25 per student to cover the cost includes lunch, an autographed photo, a Camp photo, and a 2010 camp T-shirt.   All participants are asked to arrive at 8:30 a.m. to ensure that the camp starts promptly at 9 a.m.
The annual event is presented by the Family & Youth Enrichment Network’s (FYEN) Tobacco Control Project in Helena-West Helena.
“In addition to a great day of basketball, this is also an opportunity for youth to hear from an athlete about the negative effects that tobacco and other drugs can have on their health—and even on their athletic ambitions,” said a FYEN spokesperson. 
“Being active in sports is just a great way for kids to stay healthy and on the right track,” Conley added. 
This is an event that could not have been possible without the contributions of public and private donors.  While many of last year’s contributors have pledged their support for this year’s camp, at this time, FYEN has received gifts from the following and would like to thank each one for their generous support.  The Phillips County Boys & Girls Club; Hoffinger Industries; H&M Lumber Co.; Sonics Drive-In Restaurant; the Minority Initiative Sub-recipient Grant Office (UAPB); Marie Corbin; Arkansas Department of Health Services; Regina-Corbin-Conley; Adidas Sports; Keisha Grigsby; Synetra Morris; Councilman Marvin Jarrett; MMG Sports Management, and the Memphis Grizzlies Franchise.
For more information on the upcoming youth hoops camp, please contact Marie Corbin at 870–995–4564.