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David Thompson, former college teammate of Tommy Burleson, speaks each year at the
Tommy Burleson Basketball Camp, sharing basketball insights and his Christian testimony. Photo
by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-07-10 13:02:11
Last modified: 2013-07-10 13:02:56

Basketball, life lessons taught at Tommy Burleson Basketball Camp July 15 to 19

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Each July, legendary basketball star and Avery County native, Tommy Burleson, in conjunction with the Avery Parks and Recreation Department, hosts the annual Tommy Burleson Youth Basketball Camp. Boys and girls ranging from third through 12th grade spend five days at the camp learning fundamental skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and defense, in addition to a wealth of knowledge regarding basketball and faith from the former N.C. State University, U.S. Olympic basketball and NBA standout.

This year’s camp marks the 28th consecutive year of camp for Burleson, a camp that has included through the years a number of special guests and camp counselors who teach campers moral truth in addition to basketball principles. 

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