EMPORIA, Kan. – More than 40 kids had the opportunity to hang out with Kansas Jayhawk freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander on Tuesday.
“It’s a beautiful thing,” said Oubre. “It’s a blessing to be out here with the Kansas basketball logo across my chest and just putting smiles on kids’ faces.”
“I wish I would’ve started out playing basketball and learning some knowledge from older guys when I was younger, but I didn’t start playing until I was 13 or 14 years old,” said Alexander. “But it feels great to teach the kids what I know.”
The ‘Little Hornet Hoops Camp’ is led by Emporia State head coach Shawn Vandiver. His star guard, Kaleb Wright was also on hand.
“I remember my first time on the court at their age playing basketball,” said Wright. “I honestly didn’t know what I was doing, I was a late bloomer.”
“All you need is a ball and a piece of pavement, and the sky’s the limit,” said Vandiver. “Just interacting with the kids is awesome. The biggest thing they need to take away from it is anything’s possible. Dream big.”