By Hong Lau
First, thank you to Theo Pinson and everyone who helped out at this basketball summer camp. Whenever Tidal League, and especially I, get a chance to give back to the community and youth, it’s a special time.
Our team went to Theo’s camp to help film a video and take photos of this breakthrough basketball camp.
Our Director of Special Projects, Peter Calder, joined me in Greensboro, North Carolina, to make it happen. When we first got there, we were welcomed by an incredible team at Wesleyan Christian.
We quickly saw about 100 kids pile into the camp and gain the ability to spend time with an NBA player. If you have read my blog before, I frequently talk about how blessed we are to work with an NBA player, as there are only 450 yearly. When you think about it, that’s less than 0.0001% of the United States population, let alone the world. It’s an incredibly rare fraternity sporting less than 5000 all-time players in its lifetime. These kids will remember the moment, so much so they were screaming Theo’s stats at him and talking about plays he made, whether he was at North Carolina or any of his multiple NBA stops.
You watched almost every kid try to “aim for the crown.” This was hilarious because everyone wanted a piece of Theo on the basketball court, no matter if they were 10 or 18.
We saw Theo’s “shrine” at his alma mater while his mom took a bunch of jerseys, trophies, medals and other things from over the year and put them together for an incredible display.
We had a chance to record some podcasts, film some basketball runs, and drink a lot of Lemon Perfect. It was fantastic to see Theo sign autographs for almost 100 kids. I will say Greensboro, from what I saw, was Tar Heel County. Now I’m sure if a Duke player held a camp, it would be the other way, but man was there just Tar Heel love everywhere you turned.
Thanks again to Theo Pinson and his entire team. Giving back to the community is truly special, and I think it’s a moment that’ll always stick with me!