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NBA World Champion Former Gator Back In Gainesville

By on August 2nd, 2011

Former Florida forward and most recently titled NBA World Champion Dallas Maverick Corey Brewer is hosting a basketball camp in Gainesville for the second consecutive year at The Rock School on Aug. 1-3.

Today is day 2 of the camp as an estimated 100 young boys and girls attended yesterday. The Back 2 Back Youth Basketball Camp will also feature coaches focusing on fundamentals.

“I had a great time with the kids last year. I am so fortunate to have played basketball at the University of Florida,” Brewer said in a release. “I always like going back to give back to the community that has given me so much.”

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 9-17 and costs $150 per player. That includes a t-shirt, lunch each day, a photo with Brewer. The camp runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brewer will donate proceeds to Shands HealthCare. He created the “Corey Brewer Fight Diabetes Fund” to provide funds for diabetes patient programs and education at Shands UF. A number of Brewer’s family members, including his mother and father, have been diagnosed with this disease.

“My dad has had a lot of surgeries from diabetes so that’s why it really hits close to home,” Brewer said.
Shands representatives will be providing diabetes education and on-site support at the camp.

It has been quite a whirl wind for Brewer over the past 6 months. After playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves for three seasons as a starter, he was dealt to New York, where his future became very uncertain. Luckily for Brewer, Dallas offered him a two-year contact extension.

He only played a few games through the Mavs great playoff run, but Brewer accepted his new role as he played behind veteran Shawn Marion. Regardless the playing time, the experience was amazing.

I am sure the kids at his camp today are having a pretty amazing day too!

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