More than 200 youngsters and youngsters converged on Riviera Prep in Miami to get an opportunity to play with Heat standout Bam Adebayo.
The 25-year-old ahead hosted his fourth annual Bam Youth Basketball Clinic, introduced by his charity, The BBB Foundation, on Saturday, spending time with children starting from third-graders to highschool seniors.
“It’s a great thing just because I didn’t have this type of opportunity when I was younger,” Adebayo mentioned. “Being able to be somebody who can give kids an opportunity to play basketball. I started in sixth grade. They’re starting in first and second, so they get ahead of the curve.”
The camp price $100 to attend, however Adebayo donated 50 spots to children from completely different youth teams: Overtown Optimist Club, T.E.E.S. Miami and the Boys and Girls Club.
“The community supports me so much,” Adebayo mentioned. “They show me so much love. … At least I can do this [for the community].”
Adebayo’s mom, Marylyn Blount, was in attendance on the camp Saturday. She is the vice chairman of The BBB Foundation.
“She’s kind of like the leader of the pack, makes sure everything goes smoothly,” Adebayo mentioned. “She’s the reason why this happens. She’s a big part of it.”
Adebayo has additionally frolicked taking part in within the Miami Pro League, teaming up together with his good friend, Donovan Mitchell. Fans who attended chanted “Miami” at Mitchell to attempt to present how a lot they need the Utah Jazz guard to affix the Heat.
“It’s just fun, it’s for Miami, it’s for the community,” Adebayo mentioned. “And then to have one of my best friends, Donovan, come join us. It was a dope experience.”
Adebayo mentioned he hopes his camp on Saturday will assist the attendees study extra about basketball — with the additional benefit of letting their mother and father loosen up.
“It’s one of those things where they get to learn valuable lessons, and also the parents get a break today,” Adebayo mentioned. “Hopefully, their kids burn enough energy where they can go straight to sleep, and the parents get a day off.”