Non-profit hosts basketball camp during spring break

More Than Champions Sports says camp is free for all kids ages 12 to 17

Spring Break is here and while many families have plans for this week, some students are left with nothing to do.

However, one non-profit group, More Than Champions Sports, is working to make sure teens stay out of trouble during the spring holiday by hosting a basketball camp on the city's east side.

David Josiah is the founder of More Than Champions Sports and is organizing the camp.

"A lot of these kids are fatherless, abused, a lot of them don't know their worth," said Josiah. "They resort to violence drugs, gangs, etc. So, what we want to do is to add a sense of value into their lives."

Josiah founded More Than Champions Sports in 2009 with his good friend Josue Barea.

The two started basketball tournaments at their church in an effort to get kids off the street.

Josiah said the program really took off, but about a year later, on May 13, 2010, Barea was shot and killed while trying to protect his friend.

"Seeing a young man, 19, who wanted to bring change, like he did and impact so many people like he did, to just go so young, that really has been difficult," said Josiah.

Josiah said while losing his good friend has been difficult, he said it has made him even more determined to help young people, by not only teaching them the fundamentals of basketball, but also life skills.

More Than Champions Sports will host a basketball camp all week from 9 am to 3 pm at the Antioch Sports Complex on the city's east side. The basketball camp will be open for all kids from 12 to 17 years old and it's free.

"The tragedy fuels me to go out to to streets and go back out there and see him and all those kids," said Josiah. "(I) try to bring out the best in them."

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