PEORIA, Ill. — “I wanted to give back somehow to the community. One way I thought I could do that is to keep having basketball camps,” said Jim Carlson.
Carlson has been coaching for 28 years. You might know him for his run with Peoria Notre Dame High School as head coach, or more recently for his summer camps.
“I get so much from having camp, seeing their enthusiasm and effort,” Carlson said. “They are quick learners and they are good kids that wanna be here. For the week they just get better and better.”
Kids from first through eighth grade had the chance to get in on the action. But while shooting hoops and making baskets may seem like the name of the game, it’s their skills on the court that are teaching them life lessons off.
“It teaches you a lot of good life lessons and become a great person and that’s what he’s here to do- Teaching you how to play basketball,” said John Martin, a freshman at Peoria Notre Dame.
“It’s about life and it’s about treating others well and being charitable and giving back,” said Carlson.
And the best part? 100% of the proceeds from the camp are being donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
It’s for a good cause and helping others out that need the help and it feels good to be able to do that for them,” said Martin.
“I hope that they have a lot of fun and I hope that they make good friends and I hope they learn something about St. Jude Children’s Hospital,” said Carlson.