Trey Burke Skills Camp brings basketball to local kids

Trey Burke Skills Camp brings basketball to local kids

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Dundee resident Keith Green knows it’s rare for youth basketball players in rural areas like Tuscarawas, Carroll or Holmes counties to get the chance to meet an NBA player.

It’s even more unlikely those kids will get to talk with and learn from a pro.

With that in mind, Green has organized the Trey Burke Skills Camp, which will be held at the Eastern Ohio Sports Complex in Sherrodsville July 9. The camp is for boys and girls who will enter fifth through ninth grade and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $95 per player and will include a T-shirt and lunch.

“I wanted to do this for the community,” said Green, a Columbus native. “The kids around here have probably never seen a player like Trey Burke come through. I want the kids to get the experience of learning from an NBA player like Trey, who’s also a great person. We will also have some great coaches on hand to work with the kids.”

The 6-foot Burke is a point guard who recently completed his ninth season in the NBA, averaging 9.0 points a game and 3.1 assists. Burke played for the Dallas Mavericks for the past three seasons, but was traded to the Houston Rockets last week. He’s also played for the Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards and New York Knicks.

As a collegian, Burke led Michigan to an NCAA Tournament runner-up finish in 2012-13 and earned NCAA Player of the Year honors. He was Ohio’s Mr. Basketball in 2011 after his senior year at Columbus Northland High School.

Green also attended and played at Northland. He’s been friends with Trey’s dad, Benji, since their high school days in the 1980s.

Former Louisville University player Trey Lewis, a Garfield Heights product who’s been an international pro, will also be a guest speaker and instructor. Numerous coaches from area high schools will be on hand to help.

Green is doing a lot more for area youth than just setting up one basketball camp through his KEG Group LLC. He’s active with Authentic Church, 201 Stonecreek Rd. NW, New Philadelphia and the operations manager for the Authentic Community sports program.

“We believe the church should be used all week, not just Sundays,” Green said. “We have professional batting cages and a weight room in the church and have kids coming in Monday through Saturday.

“We’re giving the youth and their families more opportunities to bring Christ into their lives.”

Green is expecting a good turnout for the Trey Burke Skills Camp and said he would like to hold similar sports camps every summer.

“We really looking forward to the kids getting to meet Trey Burke,” Green said. “Maybe next year we’ll do a football camp with an NFL player. We’ll try to bring one of the Browns’ players down.”

To register for the Trey Burke Skills camp online visit www.AuthenticTusc.org. For more information call 330-696-2169.

Eastern Ohio Sports Complex is located at 8155 Dawn Rd SW, Sherrodsville.