WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Houston Rockets player Carl Landry is giving back to his collegecommunity, which he said has been so good to him. The former PurdueBoilermaker is hosting 225 kids at the first ever Carl LandrySkills Camp, and he's even footing the bill for campers who attendall four sessions.
"I wanted to give back to my home away from home," said Landry."This is where it all started: Purdue. I played high school ball inMilwaukee, but grew as a player in Indiana. It's my home away fromhome so i wanted to give back."
Former Purdue forward Matt Kiefer is lending a hand with thecamp.
"It's a great thing Carl's doing to help out all these kids.Just to be a part of it is a good honor. He asked me to help himout and I said 'Sure!'" said Kiefer.
Landry hopes he can keep the camp going for years to come. Thebasketball star said he felt fortunate to be able to host the campafter suffering a gunshot wound this past March.
"It was a scary incident," said Landry. "It's something youdream about thinking it would never happen to you. But thank God itwasn't as scary and bad as it could have been. It was just a minorflesh wound."
The second year professional is coming off his best season withthe Rockets, averaging over 9 points and 5 rebounds. Moreimportantly, he said he feels like the team is moving in the rightdirection, even despite setbacks with injuries.
"Yao went down. Tracy's coming off an injury. Ron went to theLakers, but still we got guys who are hungry who want to make aname for himself. They're just excited about basketball and if yougot that, the sky's the limit," said Landry.
As Landry shoots for the stars as a professional, it's great tosee that he remembers the place that helped him get to this pointin his career.
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