NEWPORT, R.I. – The Boston Celtics, Reebok and Basketball City will host the Reebok Youth Basketball Camps this summer for the seventh year, including a week-long visit to Salve Regina University Aug. 8-12.
The camps, for children aged 8-17, provide basketball gear courtesy of Reebok, and Celtics players and legends will visit and be guest speakers. Participants selected as all-stars will have the opportunity to play at TD Garden next season.
Former Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros, a 13-year National Basketball Association player before retiring in 2002, will appear as a guest coach and mentor during Salve Regina’s camp at Rodgers recreation Center. Another guest appearance will be made by popular Celtics’ mascot Lucky the Leprechaun, who thrilled camp participants last year with a high-flying performance of slam dunks.
Barros, a member of the media relations department with the Celtics and a “basketball insider” for new England Sports Network (NESN), is a strong supporter of youth development through his Barros Foundation. A native of Boston, he played basketball for Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. and then at Boston College, where he was one of the school’s all-time leading scorers.
He spent six of his 14 seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics. He also played for the Seattle SuperSonics and the Philadelphia 76ers, where he was recognized as one of the greatest three point shooters in that team’s history.
Sponsored by Reebok, the Boston Celtics and BasketBall City, a series of six week-long camps for children between the ages of 8-17 are being held throughout the summer at the Celtics official practice facility in Waltham, Mass., at BasketBall City in Boston and at Salve Regina.