Free basketball "mini-camps" are coming to McKeesport, Homestead, West Mifflin, Wilmerding and eight other communities again this summer.
The "Hometown Hoops" program for ages 9 to 18 is offered by the Allegheny County Parks Department. The program kicked off Monday in Clairton.
A spokesperson said all events run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include a free box lunch for participants, provided through the county's Summer Food Program. Participants should wear proper basketball attire.
The events are free and participants may attend as often as they like, but to make sure that everyone receives a lunch, parents or guardians should register their child or teen-ager in advance by calling (412) 350-2455 at least 24 hours in advance, or by going to www.alleghenycounty.us/hometownhoops.
Camps in the Mon-Yough area will include:
Charlie Batch Playground
East 16th Avenue at Maple Street
Mon-View Heights Basketball Court
McKeesport Safe Passage
1406 Cornell St.
Crawford Village Basketball Courts
Harrison Village Basketball Courts
Hawkins Village Basketball Court
In case of rain the day of an event, call (412) 350-2455 to confirm if a mini-camp is taking place. The Hometown Hoops Mini-Camps are funded through a grant secured by Allegheny County Economic Development.
Originally published June 13, 2018.