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Twenty-nine basketball mini-camps will be held this summer in locations around Allegheny County, including in McKeesport, Braddock, Clairton, East Pittsburgh, Homestead, Rankin and Wilmerding, a spokesman said.
The "Hometown Hoops" mini-camps are free and open to ages 9-18, and participants may attend as many mini-camps as they like. The camps are run by the Allegheny County Parks Department.
Both boys and girls may participate. Students will learn basketball skills from local coaches and players with experience in the NBA, NCAA and WPIAL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and organizers are strongly recommending advance registration.
The camps will be held in the following Mon Valley locations:
- June 29, 30 and July 1, Harrison Village basketball court, McKeesport
- July 11 and 12, Crawford Village basketball court, McKeesport
- July 13 and 14, Mapleview Terrace basketball court, Braddock
- July 15, Marion Circle basketball court, Clairton
- July 21 and 22, Wilmerding YMCA
- July 27 and 28, Hawkins Village basketball court, Rankin
- July 29, McKeesport Safe Passage, 1406 Cornell St., McKeesport
- Aug. 1 and 2, Quarry Field basketball court, East Pittsburgh
- Aug. 5, Charlie Batch Playground, East 16th Avenue, Homestead
A free box lunch will be provided at 12 noon during each mini-camp by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services through its SummerFood Program.
Proper basketball attire is required. Pre-registration is recommended to guarantee that every child receives a lunch.
To register, parents or guardians should call (412) 350-2455; email email@example.com; or visit www.alleghenycounty.us/parkprograms. In case of rain, call (412) 350-2455 to confirm if a mini-camp is taking place.
The mini-camps are funded through a grant secured by Allegheny County Economic Development. Other locations include McKees Rocks, Wilkinsburg, Sharpsburg and Verona.
Originally published June 13, 2016.