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Former Boilermaker gives back to his community through basketball

E'Twaun Moore's annual basketball camp took place this past weekend where kids were able to work on their skills while learning about different careers that revolve around sports.

Posted: Jun. 30, 2018 11:42 PM
Updated: Jul. 5, 2018 8:57 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Work hard, believe in yourself, and don't quit. Those are a few things Etwaune Moore tries to teach at his yearly camp.

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"My main thing I want to reach to them is to give them the confidence and let them knowthat they can become whatever they want," said E'Twaun Moore.

The Former Purdue Star, and current point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans wanted to use his success as an example to the many faces that look at him as a role model.

"I always think of things that I would have liked to acheive as a kid, things I would have liked to see or do," said Moore. "I didn't know any NBA players growing up so I thought let me go back and have a camp. It's a start. Just reaching back, interacting, and sharing some of my experiences with them."

But he didn't do it alone. He had a little help from two people that have always been his biggest fans; his older brother and sister.

"We all went to camps growing up and things like that, so just to have the opportunity to help direct a camp and put it on back at our high school, I was like lets do it," said Ezell Moore.

"That shows is growth that he's not like I just want to do stuff and let the kids see me on TV, said Ekeisha Herrera. "He's actually here, he's hands on."

This year they narrowed the camp focus to show the kids there are many careers out there that revolve around sports.

With us adding the component with things outside of basketball as far as bringing in the education component of it, because I am a teacher, so I thought it was extremely important to let the kids know there is more to the sport of basketball instead of just being a basketball player," said Herrera. "Since there are only about 400 players in the NBA, so there are other professional relms you can go through."

But at the end of the day, giving back to the community is what it's all about.

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