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Peoria Native Shaun Livingston Hosts Free Basketball Clinic for Kids

Hundreds of kids are getting the chance of a lifetime. They’re participating in a free basketball camp this week that is hosted by Peoria native and NBA player Shaun Livingston. He’s taking action for the community through his “Pride of Peoria” clinic.
PEORIA - Hundreds of kids are getting the chance of a lifetime. They’re participating in a free basketball camp this week that is hosted by Peoria native and NBA player Shaun Livingston. He’s taking action for the community through his “Pride of Peoria” clinic.

Participant Baden Jones said, “I think the camp is fun and it's a good way to get out of the house and have fun and get exercise.”

Participant Brian Tyler said, “I'm working on my ball handling. Trying to keep the ball in my hands and not make it slip away.”

They’re dribbling, they’re shooting, and they’re learning. Skills that apply on and off the court.

Participant Akeem McCall said, “We learn how to shoot better and like how to help our teammates when they get hurt and not be selfish and be respectful.”

Some of Peoria’s youngest athletes are taking tips from the best. NBA player Shaun Livingston said, “That's kind of what we're trying to do here with this clinic. We decided to call it a clinic because we want to teach the game of basketball and also life skills to the kids.”

Livingston is a 2001 Peoria High School graduate. He said he wants to continue the River City’s basketball tradition. His free “Pride of Peoria” clinic is the first of many. He said, “I have a little more time on my hands and you know we really want to build something to where we're doing not just camps but skill development camps, exposure camps.”

For the 300 kids who get a shot, they said they’re excited and grateful. Jones said, “I feel lucky that I get the opportunity to meet real basketball players.”

They’re grateful this camp will help them achieve their hoop dreams.

Livingston’s camp was so popular this year; he had to turn nearly 100 kids away. He said he tries to open the doors to kids who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to attend a basketball clinic.
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