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Two Local Students Return from Hoop Camps

Two area middle school students have some skills and new friends after attending summer basketball camps recently at two of the state’s largest college campuses.

Keeley O’Brien from Broad Creek Middle School attended the NC State Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp June 11-14, and Antonio King from Havelock Middle School attended the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the UNC-Chapel Hill June 17-21.

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative awarded Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships to the two campers. Keeley and Antonio were selected by a panel of judges based their applications, which included academic achievements, extracurricular activities, an essay and a short-answer question. Keeley is the daughter of Kevin and Amy O’Brien of Emerald Isle. This is the second year she has been awarded a scholarship to attend the camp. Antonio is the son of Tracy and Antonio King of Havelock.

The students stayed in dorms on campus and learned skills on and off the court from the collegiate coaching staffs and student-athletes. The coaches and staff worked closely with each camper to develop fundamental basketball skills and practice playing hard while working cooperatively.

The all-expense paid scholarships, sponsored by North Carolina’s 26 Touchstone Energy cooperatives, provided funding this year for more than 50 middle schoolers from across the state to attend the camps. This is the 14th year the co-ops have awarded these scholarships.

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