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NBA player gives back to his home town

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Concord, NC (WBTV) – Milwaukee Bucks' Ishmael (Ish) Smith is home this week and giving back to kids who look up to him. The former Central Cabarrus basketball star put together a basketball camp for kids ages 8 to 13.

Smith said, "It's surreal having my name on a camp, but I credit my family for organizing it and Coach K (of CCHS) for helping it run today."

The turnout surprised the Smith family with over 60 kids for the first year of camp.

The kids are split, by age, into two groups: 8 to 10 and 11 to 13, playing in smaller groups competitively. Each team gets to pick one of the NBA mascots to represent them, of course, the Heat was picked first.

Smith coached the younger group, jumping up and down on the side of the court and giving high fives for good teamwork. He hopes to do more camps in the future, with more than one session available.

Among the Ishmael Smith Basketball Camp staff were Smith family members and other local guys currently playing college hoops.

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