Hand In Mine holds initial skills camp

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With an emphasis on tying together physical fitness with community service, 50 middle school students attended the Hand In Mine Basketball Skills Camp at Greenfield School on Saturday afternoon.

Assisting with the camp were a handful of local area hoops performers, including Greenfield School’s Coby White, Elijah McCadden and Jahmi Foster, Hunt’s Jeremiah Ganaway and North Johnston’s Tayanna Jones.

White and McCadden will continue their careers at the University of North Carolina and Georgia Southern University, respectively.

Jones is bound for Georgetown University. Also helping with the actitivies was former Fike High standout and UNC Asheville product Jeremy Atkinson.

Atkinson went on to play professionally overseas.

In addition, a dunk contest was held involving White, Ganaway and McCadden.

“The first priority was to continue to instill the importance of grades and respect to our campers,” Hand In Mine Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Jeffers said. “We always let them know that academics come first. That is extremely important for them to understand now because students tend to think it doesn’t matter near the Christmas break. They must know that every day counts toward success.”

Several families sponsored attendees from the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and The SPOT.

Proceeds from the skills camp were used to provide Christmas gifts for nine children, ranging from 18 months to 13 years old, who are being raised by a single grandmother.

Attendees received T-shirts. snacks and the opportunity to join the dunk contest.

For more information, contact Jeffers at jeffersj.handinmine@gmail.com.