TULSA, Okla. - For the fourth consecutive year, LSUS Head Coach Kyle Blankenship and a few of his players took the opportunity to give back through the game of basketball by volunteering at the One Hope FCA Summer Camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Sophomore C.J. Hyslop and a couple of former players teamed up with Coach Blankenship to conduct a three-hour basketball clinic for Tulsa area kids ranging from the age of 6 to 16 years old.
"We want to get out into the community as much as possible, and this was another great opportunity for us to help give back," Blankenship said. "This event is something that is very close to me and my family. I'm thrilled that our players jumped on board and were willing to help out."
The camp is run by FCA and One Hope Ministries, a non-profit organization that was founded in 1992 by Blankenship's father in Louisiana and it expanded to Tulsa ten years later. Blankenship's uncle, Joe Blankenship, heads up the Tulsa operation and is the director of the sports clinic. The camp aims to help at-risk children by teaching them sports such as football, soccer, baseball, volleyball and basketball.
"Statistics show that high school kids who play a varsity sport are 40 percent more likely to graduate," Joe Blankenship said. "We started the FCA/One Hope Inner City Sports Clinic to help kids develop skills and have success on and off the playing field."
In addition to the camp in Tulsa, Coach Blankenship and several members of the LSUS men's basketball team conducted a free clinic this past fall at Springs of Grace Baptist Church. The clinic was also made possible through One Hope Ministries, where nearly 40 kids joined the Pilots at the Christian Life Center in Shreveport to learn more about the game of basketball and how to be "Champions of Character."
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