Future Star Basketball Camp makes successful return to the court

By WVUA 23 Sports Reporters Sam Holley and Grace Brister

Last week, the Future Star Basketball Camp returned to Sumter County. Former Alabama basketball player Marcus Campbell made it a point to put on the basketball skills clinic. It’s the 20th time the Future Star camp has been held at Sumter Central High School in York, but the first time since 2019.

The camp is for boys and girls in fifth through 12th grade and is free for all campers. Attendees learn from former Alabama players including Campbell and Erwin Dudley, as well as former NBA player Charles Oakley.

Campbell said he is driven to make an impact on his community and wants children to have fun while learning the basics of basketball.

“When I was growing up, I was blessed to be a decent basketball player and I always got invited to camps for free,” Campbell said. “When I got older and got to college, I used to hear what it costs and I said, ‘I know I probably wouldn’t have been going to camp if my parents had to pay $500 for it.’ ”

Co-Director Christopher Spencer said he wants attendees getting more out of the event than they would at your average basketball camp.

“All these kids are going to be professional at something,” Spencer said. “It might not be basketball, but they might be a teacher, fireman, police officer or even a preacher. We want them to get some life skills so they can build (on them).”

NBA Veteran Charles Oakley said the camp allows them to teach participants those much-needed skills.

“We’re just trying to teach the kids principal things (like) basketball, life, getting ready for life after school, going to college or whatever (we need to teach them),” Oakley said.

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