Hundreds of kids of incarcerated parents to attend free sports camp

June 26, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
Brandon Johnson, former NBA player with the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards, will speak at the Prison Fellowship sports camp for children of incarcerated parents on June 29. Photo: Denis Poroy/AP
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On June 29, the Major R. Owens Health & Wellness Community Center in Brooklyn will host a free sports camp for children of incarcerated parents, organized by Prison Fellowship. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until noon.

The camp will feature Brandon Johnson, a former University of San Diego basketball star who played professionally overseas after serving six months in federal prison for a sports betting scandal. Johnson now runs the AWAKE Program, mentoring youth in juvenile detention centers.

The camp, part of the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program, aims to provide a positive and supportive environment for children aged 7 to 17. Each participant will receive a pair of Nike basketball shoes, a Wilson basketball, and a swag bag.

Prison Fellowship, the largest Christian nonprofit in the U.S. serving incarcerated individuals and their families, organizes these camps nationwide to help children develop sports skills and learn valuable life lessons.

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