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Blair's camp teaches life as well as hoops

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Tucson, AZ - A premier basketball camp has evolved through the efforts of Arizona Basketball big man Joseph Blair ('96), who for thirteen years has personally conducted a camp for Tucson's youth.  Locally, it's unprecedented, in that it's pro bono for various local charities involving twelve-to-eighteen-year-olds.

Blair's Arizona Basketball Academy concludes Friday at Tucson Parks & Recreation's Donna Liggins Center.

The staff consists of former University of Arizona basketball players such as Alex "Tree" Jacobsen ('12) and Felicity Willis ('00) as well as current Wildcat guard Nick Johnson and his older brother Chris, a former player at Grand Canyon University.

The players instruct individual drills and team play with a 1-to-10 counselor-to-camper ratio.  Additionally, attendees receive vital information on nutrition, social skills, choosing academic courses and are treated to a different guest speaker each day.

Enhancing the structured curriculum are several post-camp events including evening pizza and skating parties as well as a Friday night trip to the Tucson Padres game.

The camp staff also serves one night as "chefs of the day" at the local Ronald McDonald House, providing dinner for and serving its guests.

Blair continues to give back to the community through his Blair Charity Group.  He gave youth clinics when he played professionally in Greece and also presented an academy when in Italy.  He's a former European "Player of the Year" and likes to entertains campers with his Globetrotter tricks! 

Copyright 2013 Blair Charity Group. All rights reserved.

David Kelly contributed to this story.

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