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Big Al’s camp boasts record turnout

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Campers got instruction from Big Al Wednesday afternoon during his 6th annual basketball camp at his alma mater Prentiss High School.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Campers got instruction from Big Al Wednesday afternoon during his 6th annual basketball camp at his alma mater Prentiss High School.

Prentiss native and Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson  had a record 225 kids take part in day one of his sixth annual Youth Basketball Camp held at Prentiss High.

This year’s camp was split into four sessions with 1st through 7th graders going Wednesday, high school girls going Thursday, and high school boys going Friday.

“Prentiss is home and it is always great to come back home.  Everyone knows everyone. That’s the thing about Prentiss, we are all just one big family,” said Jefferson.

“I care about these kids and want to let them know that when you set your mind on something, you can fulfill your goal no matter how small the town.  You don’t have to be in a big city,” he added.

“I also want the kids to realize academics is very important too.  The more you learn, the better off you will be in this world.”

An estimated 2500 youth have attended the camp over the years where they received several hours of training by professional athletes, including Jefferson.

Campers also received a camp t-shirt, a camp basketball, lunch and school supplies.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight