Pro Basketball Star Willie Green Takes Time to Give Back to Detroit's Inner City Youngsters

Jul 22, 2013, 10:40 ET from Greater Grace Temple

Green teams up with the Master's Commission of Greater Grace Temple to teach Motor City kids about basketball and life.

DETROIT, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For many youngsters from financially-challenged families, attending a sports clinic with a pro player is just a dream.  But LA Clippers shooting guard Willie Green makes that dream come true each year for many Detroit youngsters.  He's joined with the Master's Commission of Greater Grace Temple to offer WILLIE GREEN'S BASKETBALL CAMP, which happens July 22-26 at Calihan Hall at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI.  The event consists of a week long (5-days) camp for youth 6-18 yrs of age from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  There will be a "nominal" registration fee of only $125.00, which includes a t-shirt and lunch each day.   

"I am so grateful for those who stepped up in my life to make a difference," says Green, "and this is my way of giving back to perhaps make a difference in the lives of some Detroit youngsters." He's expected to be joined at the camp by Clippers teammate Caron Butler.

Green was a star at Detroit's Cooley High before going on to become an "explosive" scorer with the University of Detroit Mercy and moving to the pro ranks with the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Orleans Hornets, the Atlanta Hawks, and now the Clippers.  While he has played for several NBA teams, his loyalty to his hometown remains intact.  This is the 8th year for the clinic aimed at reaching Detroit youth.

In addition to basketball, the clinic will offer tips on scoring big in life by stressing the importance of education, and encouraging Detroit youth to strive for excellence in all they do.  For registration information, call 313-543-6000.  The Master's Commission is a non-profit affiliate of Greater Grace Temple providing positive programs and events for families, youth, and seniors in Greater Detroit.

SOURCE Greater Grace Temple