Brandon Bass has been doing some good things in China this summer. He was teaching basketball at the 2012 Lenovo Basketball Camp at the Beijing Sport University in Beijing. The camp included 81 young basketball players from ages 7 to 23 and lasted four days.
On the first day of camp Bass spoke to the kids and young adults and lead them through some basketball workouts. Bass talked about his journey to the NBA and encouraged the campers to set a goal, to pay attention in school and get good grades, and to work hard to make their basketball skills better.
Bass traveled around to other parts of China, working with youngsters in other places before returning for the final day of the Lenovo camp. But, it wasn't just fun and games there for Bass. Brandon took his shooting coach with him on the trip to China and on his breaks from working with the campers, he did some drills with his shooting coach to work on his jumper. I love that he is such a hard worker and I expect him to come back an even better player this season than he was last.
Along with the trip to China, Bass conducted three free reachback basketball camps for underprivileged kids in his native Louisiana. He also sponsored a free backpack give away for underprivileged kids.
“With these camps, my goal is to reach back to underprivileged kids and give them a way to grow and develop their basketball skills. I only wanted 50 kids so I could keep in touch with them and stay close, but when more kids showed up it was hard for me to turn them down, so we ended up with about 75.”
The camps are only part of Bass’s giving back and helping kids. He also formed an elite-level AAU program last summer in order to give as many players as possible the chance to be seen by college coaches.
His generosity and caring didn't stop with basketball, however. To attend Bass’ camp in Fort Worth, campers were required to write an essay. One girl's essay gave a heart wrenching description of living homeless with her mother and three younger siblings. Brandon was touched by her story and with Adam Jones or the Dallas Cowboys, he worked to find the girl’s family an affordable apartment. And Brandon and Adam presented the little girl's mother with a $3,000 trip to a local furniture store. More than ever, I'm glad that Brandon Bass will be a part of the Celtics for years to come. He is definitely a Celtic!